Wits agrees to end outsourcing of workers

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Wits students protest on day four, 19 October 2015, of a total shutdown of the institution over fee increases.

Wits students protest on day four, 19 October 2015, of a total shutdown of the institution over fee increases.

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Wits students protest on day four, 19 October 2015, of a total shutdown of the institution over fee increases.

Wits students protest on day four, 19 October 2015, of a total shutdown of the institution over fee increases.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University said on Sunday it had reached an agreement with workers and students to end outsourcing.

The students and workers had gathered at the university following extended protests to end to the outsourcing of university staff.

The university also agreed to write off the debts of financially needy 2015 final-year students who owe less than R15,000.

Students will also no longer pay a R1,500 fee for each supplementary exam they write.

The parties agreed that the children of outsourced workers who gain entry to Wits can study there for free.

“The university has committed in principle to insourcing and then next it’s going to create a task team or commission to work out the modalities of insourcing to ensure that insourcing doesn’t undermine the sustainability of the university," said Wits deputy-chancellor,Tawana Kupe.

The university added that it will postpone exams for a week. Exams will now be written from November 9 to December 4, subject to the Senate&39;s approval.

Watch the video above for a detailed report.