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uctCape Times reports that a shutdown at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is planned for Wednesday and it has been reported that labour issues are the “driving force” behind this.  

UCT student activist Simon Rakei confirmed that UCT workers resolved to shut down the institution over what they described as exploitative labour conditions.  He stated:  “Workers have decided to strike after an employment agreement that was not honoured.  There are various other issues but the exploitative labour conditions is the driving force behind the university shutdown.”  On Monday afternoon, the UCT executive apparently received a 48 hours’ notice from the SA Liberated Public Sector Workers Union (Salipswu) that it intended to embark on a strike relating to a range of issues including shift work, provident funds savings and four-hour a day work for some staff.  Workers have also approached the CCMA in the interim to address the labour issues.  UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola said despite the looming protest action, academic activities and administrative operations would go ahead as usual.  

  • Read this report by Chevon Booysen in full at Cape Times
  • See too, UCT workers to strike over working conditions, at GroundUp
  • And also, UCT shutdown 'will be disastrous', at SowetanLive

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