UCT denies exploiting workers

Staff Writer

The University of Cape Town has denied accusations by the SRC of exploiting its newly insourced staff and doing less to curb the impending financial exclusion of 23 students.
Last week the UCT SRC released a statement accusing UCT management of undermining the need for talks to resolve certain issues. Chief amongst these is the impending financial exclusion of 23 students on debt. The students are said to having been given until the 15th of September to pay all outstanding fees.

The SRC also alleged that UCT workers remain understaffed and overworked despite having been insourced over a year ago. Workers are said to be without the necessary protective gear required to be worn when working with dangerous chemicals. Even more damning is the revelation that the workers who were promised full benefits of being UCT employees are without a provident fund.

UCT spokesperson, Elijah Moholola, has denied these claims. Speaking to Vernac News, Moholola said that “the UCT executive has continued to engage with the SRC on a number of issues. These discussions are taking place through various structures, including the Rapid Response Task Team, the Free Education Planning Group, and the Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission. The executive remains committed to these ongoing engagements”.

Moholola added that the 23 students who stand to be excluded are those “were not eligible for financial aid and others did not even apply”.
On accusations leveled by the SRC on exploitative labour conditions of kitchen and cleaning staff, Moholola said “our Human Resources department has confirmed that ALL insourced workers are on the UCT retirement fund. The HR department also confirms that staff are given the necessary gear to carry out their duties in compliance with safety and health requirements”.

In our previous article, we incorrectly claimed that furniture was removed from the CHED and DSA offices. Our sources have confirmed to us that staff received directive to pack up appliances like laptops and make contingency plans should protest action occur.

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