Cape Town - About 1 000 formerly outsourced workers will be put on the University of Cape Town's payroll as of July 1, vice chancellor Max Price has announced. Employees working for six companies - TurfWorks, G4S, Sibanye, Metro Cleaning Services, Supercare and C3 Food Services – will now work for the institution on a full-time basis, he said in a communiqué to staff and students. Student movement Rhodes Must Fall joined the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union and outsourced workers in October last year to protest against the system, saying the vast majority of cafeteria, bookshop, maintenance workers, cleaners, catering staff, security workers and landscapers are employed by contractors instead of the university, leading to private sector companies "making profit out of public-sector funding and the exploited labour of workers". Price said the now-insourced staff have been an integral part of UCT's operations for a long time through the long-term services they have provided to the institution. Source: News24

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