#BringBackTheWorkers Petition

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#BringBackTheWorkers Petition
Tamutswa Mahari

Following the widely-publicized #EndOutSourcing movement that started at the University of Cape Town last year, FeesMustFall Western Cape published a petition through Awethu Amandla on Thursday, 2 February , 2017. This petition called for the immediate reinstatement of the 150 and 180 retrenched workers from Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape respectively.

At the end of 2016, the protests to end outsourcing resulted in UCT bringing all 1 034 outsourced workers on to the university staff. Six companies previously provided outsourced services to the university; G4S (Campus Protection Services), Metro (cleaning of residences), Supercare (cleaning of university buildings), C3 (catering in student residences), Turfworks (grounds and gardening services), and Sibanye (student and staff transport services).

As of now, UCT is the only university that has insourced workers. Although UCT has taken the first step towards solving the issue of outsourcing, according to the FeesMustFall Campaign, there are still issues to be addressed regarding UCT workers and poor working conditions.

“UCT workers occupying Bremner decrying poor working conditions. No pay for weekend work, no benefits from insourcing” - @FeesMustFallWC Twitter Tuesday, March 14, 2017