cwu thumb medium90 95BDLive reports that Telkom and MTN are facing the prospect of renewed industrial action led by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which has bemoaned impending job losses and changes that could result in the erosion of employee benefits.  

The union on Wednesday vowed to intensify industrial action at Telkom over a range of salary-related disputes and a retrenchment moratorium.  It is unhappy with the replacement of the "gain sharing" incentive programme with a performance-based one and the 6% annual salary increase.  The union is demanding an 11% annual salary increase and six months’ maternity leave.  The CWU’s general secretary, Aubrey Tshabalala indicated that union members have been on strike since last week, after securing certification.  "The strike has entered its second week.  Last week, the members were on a go-slow and doing lunch break protests.  But we will embark on a massive protest," said Tshabalala.  

At MTN, the union is concerned about the company’s decision to implement a new operating model before giving temporary employees permanent status, as had been agreed in 2015.  MTN announced it was outsourcing some of its call centres to a third party and planned to complete the process in September.

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