Unions threaten to take legal action to stop Telkom’s 3000 retrenchments

Business Report writes that Telkom’s troubles are likely to deepen as the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the South African Workers Union (Sacu) threaten to either take legal action or down tools against the company in a bid to prevent the retrenchment of 3000 employees. Telkom is scheduled to meet organised labour representatives tomorrow on the imminent job cuts as part of the 60-day consultation process facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration following a previous meeting held last Thursday and Friday.

In a formal notice issued to organised labour, Telkom said the depressed economy, regulatory uncertainty and a tough competitive environment had taken a toll on its business. In a response to BR, Telkom last night said it is not aware of any pending court proceedings and the Company has not been served with any court papers. “The Company is also not aware of any planned strike action nor has the Company been served with any notice by any of the unions to commence with strike action , the notice being the legal pre-requisite for a protected strike action.”it said. It confirmed that the consultative meetings with labour were on today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).

by Dineo Faku