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From: Article posted to home page Notebook, 5 November 2015: Brief articles and notes on the Socialist Party website

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Johannesburg university struggle - solidarity needed

The Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) in South Africa is appealing for letters of protest to be sent to the management of the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The management have used police and security to attack their own workers - cleaners, gardeners, maintenance, kitchen and other domestic staff.

One of the features of the recent student protests - the October student uprising, that forced the ANC government to agree to a 0% fee increase in 2016 - was the outstretched hand of students to university workers. On many campuses workers joined the students in the protests. In reality a rebellion of both students and workers has played out over recent months.

A key demand of the movement was to end the outsourcing (privatisation) of university workers, linked to the question of improved pay, terms and conditions. Workers at UJ earn as little as R2,900 ($210) per month. When outsourcing was introduced workers were deprived of many rights including the right for their children to study for free at the universities the workers clean and maintain.

The University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand have now been forced to agree to end outsourcing. But at UJ management is determined to discipline the workers for their audacity.

Please send protest letters to the vice-chancellor Ihron Lester Rensburg, demanding:
They can be sent via his Executive Assistant thabom@uj.ac.za

Please send a copy to: workersandsocialistparty@gmail.com






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