Demand UJ stop assaulting + exploiting workers

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Demand UJ stop assaulting + exploiting workers
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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  • Mzukisi Mhlakaza
    signed 2015-11-05 23:55:50 +0200
    This is the worst exploitation established during apartheid and segregation. In 21 years of so called freedom people accept democracy which is full of exploitations and systematic slavery that is imposed with taxes for the few fat cats to prosper from the workers demise, our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers working to make a living yet not even earning a living wage to survive in this jungle we call democracy. #minimumwageforallourhelpers they are working too…
  • Pier Paolo Frassinelli
    signed via 2015-11-05 23:32:10 +0200
  • Lindokuhle Patiwe
    signed via 2015-11-05 23:24:13 +0200
  • Lucky Nhlanhla
    signed 2015-11-05 23:14:29 +0200
    UJ VC is arrogant, he must come down from his ivory towers and address the students. #endoutsourcing
  • Moses Ndnlovu
    signed 2015-11-05 22:50:34 +0200
  • Dumisani Dlamini
    signed 2015-11-05 22:23:30 +0200
  • #FeesMustFall
    @Zxiigh tweeted link to this page. 2015-11-05 22:23:00 +0200
  • Zinhle Mkwanazi
    signed 2015-11-05 22:22:33 +0200
  • Wilfried Pouba
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-05 22:22:19 +0200
    Sign the campaign to support @UJFMF #OccupyUJ #EndOutSourcing
  • Wilfried Pouba
    signed 2015-11-05 22:20:56 +0200
  • Trevor Evans
    signed 2015-11-05 22:10:29 +0200
  • Mbali Maphumulo
    signed 2015-11-05 22:08:37 +0200
  • Lucy Graham
    signed 2015-11-05 21:59:51 +0200
  • Anelisa Sohuma
    signed 2015-11-05 21:54:40 +0200
  • Mabahlakoana Khuele
    signed 2015-11-05 21:53:49 +0200
    White supremacy must fall decolonize our institutions
  • Ijeoma Opara
    signed 2015-11-05 21:50:37 +0200
  • Nokukhanya Zulu
    signed 2015-11-05 21:40:03 +0200
  • Fezeka Gwayi
    signed via 2015-11-05 21:24:11 +0200
  • Mark Bobbitt
    signed 2015-11-05 21:20:06 +0200
  • Noma Ndlangisa
    signed 2015-11-05 21:18:13 +0200
  • Keagile Mati
    signed 2015-11-05 21:16:59 +0200
  • Makgotso Makgoana
    signed 2015-11-05 21:10:18 +0200
    Waiting to start a task team next year yet suspend and fire protestors shows cowardice not leadership
  • Clive Rubin
    signed 2015-11-05 20:52:06 +0200
    An injury to one is an injury to all.

    An unequal university is not a place learning – set a good example and take a principled stand against the Principal.
  • Savannah Hawley
    signed 2015-11-05 20:49:58 +0200
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    signed 2015-11-05 20:47:25 +0200
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