Demand UJ stop assaulting + exploiting workers

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Demand UJ stop assaulting + exploiting workers
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"We're not animals to be sold from one company to another" - UJ workers

*BREAKING* students, workers, an academic and journalist arrested and held at Brixton police station

*BREAKING* one student hospitalised, others suspended for standing with workers, others assaulted

This week Vice-Chancellor Prof Ihron Rensburg boasted UJ was the first to insource workers. But the truth there is no signed commitment, not even in principle. Workers and students downed tools this week and were met with the full force of hired security who assaulted peaceful workers and students. There have been reports of 60 police being called to UJ to try break the protest at all cost, with students yesterday locked in the library, and this morning workers locked out.

But with insourcing victories at UCT and UWC, workers and students know the UJ VC can't hide forever from signing an agreement. 

*The below demands are some of the key demands made by workers and students, however this is a work in progress due to workers and students being attacked, locked out, and locked in by UJ security and police*

4th November 2015

Workers’ Memorandum: Short term Worker’s Demands

1. Written commitment to end outsourcing with an agreed upon timeline, with the introduction of supplementary wage while the process is underway. Minimum amount: a living wage of R6,500. All workers currently employed by companies (including companies on the vendors list) must be insourced (no job losses). Workers must have access to UJ facilities while insourcing process is underway.

2. Workers’ representative from all outsourced services must be part of the task team in charge of developing the plan to insource the staff.

3. Transparency with regards to all contracts, we request copies of all outsourcing contracts.

4. No discpline or victimisation of workers for participating in protect action including no salary docking.

5. The University must be held accountable for the brutal attack perpetuated by temporary private security hired by the university in this period of protest. We demand an inclusive and transparent investigation in the attacks and into the constant intimidation faced by workers and students.

6. Bringing back to the University all workers who were victimised by being removed to other sites by all private companies in the past two years.

7. The right to free tuition for any worker and worker’s child studying at the university.

8. Finally adopt the University Worker’s Charter.


Student demands

1. No registration fee and upfront free, including international students.

2. No financial exclusions (Free my academic record)

3. Free quality education in a progressive period

4. Release all protesting students nationwide

5. No victimisation of protesting students

6. Decolonisation of the academic space. 

Will you sign?

Demand University of Johannesburg VC call off his security who have assaulted students and workers, and actually sign an agreement to end outsourcing, instead of a PR campaign claiming they were the first to end outsourcing.

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  • Asive Linyana
    @Asivelinyana tweeted link to this page. 2015-11-06 08:53:40 +0200
  • Lerato Mdiya
    signed 2015-11-06 08:53:01 +0200
  • Asive Linyana
    signed 2015-11-06 08:52:53 +0200
  • Nicky Falkof
    signed 2015-11-06 08:44:57 +0200
  • Rian Blignaut
    signed 2015-11-06 08:34:31 +0200
  • Samukele Nkabinde
    signed via 2015-11-06 07:37:23 +0200
  • shawn van der Merwe
    signed 2015-11-06 07:36:43 +0200
    Shawn van der Merwe is the leader of the POOR PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT (PPM) as well as the Concerned Parents of SA group that stands in solidarity with our students.
  • philippa tumubweinee
    signed 2015-11-06 07:07:52 +0200
  • Stephané Conradie
    signed via 2015-11-06 06:48:54 +0200
  • Steve Mochechane
    signed 2015-11-06 06:09:15 +0200
    Ihron Van Rensburg should know better. He was in the forefront of student struggles in the 80s. What is it about power that changes people. How quickly yesterday’s liberators torn into today’s oppressors.
  • Nthabiseng Matsome
    signed 2015-11-06 05:03:10 +0200
    Econoic freedom in our lifetime!
  • Nadia Hartman
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  • Mamello Mahlumba
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    Sign the campaign to support @UJFMF #OccupyUJ #EndOutSourcing
  • mamello Mahlumba
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  • Sarah Godsell
    signed via 2015-11-06 03:37:53 +0200
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  • Nokwanda P Mathebula
    @KwandaMath tweeted link to this page. 2015-11-06 03:26:38 +0200
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    Sign the campaign to support @UJFMF #OccupyUJ #EndOutSourcing
  • Paballo Machili
    @PabiMachili tweeted link to this page. 2015-11-06 02:04:51 +0200
  • Paballo Machili
    signed via 2015-11-06 02:01:22 +0200
    I say NO to victimisation and intimidation of students and workers in our institutions of higher learning. Rensburg must come out and face the peaceful protesting workers and workers!
  • Sihle Mbulawa
    signed 2015-11-06 01:22:12 +0200
  • Jason Schulman
    @PartyOfANewType tweeted link to this page. 2015-11-06 00:12:58 +0200
  • Jason Schulman
    signed 2015-11-06 00:12:46 +0200
  • Lorraine Chaskalson mobile
    signed 2015-11-06 00:05:04 +0200
    Neither the University nor the police force (or any other group) has the right to take the law into their own hands and assault protestors. The only fair way to deal with protest is by discussion and arriving at a fair and reasonable solution. If this is not possible, universities need to address the minister for help in arriving at such a solution. The (eventual) statement that government is at last acknowledging the need for change in regard to the plight of previously disadvantaged students is surely part of holding government to fair governance which includes dealing with the ravages of Bantu education which the vast majority of people suffered under before the change of government and the acceptance of the need for redress which underlies our remarkable constitution.
  • veronica Tshinavha
    signed 2015-11-06 00:02:48 +0200
  • Mzukisi Mhlakaza
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-05 23:57:21 +0200
    Sign the campaign to support @UJFMF #OccupyUJ #EndOutSourcing
  • Mzukisi Mhlakaza
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