Many of Mzansi’s leading universities still exploit and degrade the work of our mothers and fathers by paying them peanuts. To cut costs, many universities outsourced services leading to the dramatic reduction of wages and benefits for workers and in some cases the loss of jobs for those in cleaning, security, catering, transport and grounds-keeping.
Workers employed by external companies are also underpaid. Progressive student, staff and worker organisations from across the country including the The Rhodes Must Fall movement are calling for workers to be directly employed by universities and paid a dignified living wage. It is disturbing that these publicly funded institutions continue to prescribe a wage that keeps workers in poverty.