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NMMU decides insource

THE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Council has announced the end of outsourcing at the institution. This follows a meeting between the council and representatives of students and workers at the university on student debt and insourcing of services. Council chairperson Judge Ronnie Pillay said the council had taken note of‚ and saluted‚ the struggle waged by students and workers for a more equal‚ socially just society.

"NMMU wishes to state its full commitment to creating progressive opportunities for working class students to access the university and for workers to enjoy equitable and just conditions of service‚" he said.

He said the council had resolved to commit the university to ending outsourcing of service workers as this practice led to exploitation of labour and unethical practices not in line with NMMU’s core values. As part of the process to prepare for insourcing‚ the university had agreed to an across-the-board minimum wage of R5‚000 per month cost to company for each service worker. The new minimum wage level would come into effect on December 1 2015 until service workers in key sectors were insourced.

"Council furthermore commits the university management to immediately work with representatives of organised labour‚ students and workers employed in outsourced companies at NMMU on a process towards insourcing contracts of service workers.

"These steps must include‚ among others‚ possible renegotiation of current contracts without putting job security at risk and limiting financial losses‚ and phasing in-sourcing of service contracts from the beginning of 2016‚" Judge Pillay said.

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