Is outsourcing inherently exploitative?

Wits University has indicated its intention to end outsourcing, which was one of the students' demands during the #FessMustFall campaign. Other universities are expected to follow suit.

702's Xolani Gwala on Wednesday spoke to Tony Healy, an industrial relations consultant, about what insourcing entails for organisations and the economy in general.

Healy said corporations and organisations like universities often do their homework before they employ the services of suppliers to guard against "fly-by-nights" that don't comply with regulations.

Listen to the full conversation below:

I don't necessarily believe that outsourcing is exploitative. It would be exploitative if you use a service provider that doesn't comply with the prevailing legislation and doesn't treat its staff fairly.

Tony Healy, industrial relations consultant
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