Cape Town - University of Western Cape’s cleaning staff occupied the university’s administration building on Monday morning to protest against outsourcing and low wages.
Later more than 100 cleaning staff gathered outside the student centre and administration building.
They emptied refuse bins, banged on them and sang, apparently trying to get the attention of the university’s management.
The disgruntled cleaning staff say they are fed up with being outsourced. They also cited their displeasure about “remedial wages”, which they say are just not enough.
The irate group’s spokesman Noel Fester said that cleaners only made R2 700 a month which hardly covered basic necessities. He said his dreams of further education had been dashed. “I have a National Senior Certificate, but I can’t study. I am paid a minimal wage.