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telkom thumb100 The Sunday Independent reports on a “unilateral” restructuring process undertaken by Telkom that resulted in hundreds of permanent employees being outsourced on short-term contracts.  

Consultants at Telkom Direct stores throughout the country were outsourced from 1 April to two international companies, Perx and Smollan.  Reportedly, some employees were offered one-year contracts and others three-year contracts.  However, some of the employees have raised concerns about the manner in which the move was conducted.  Apparently there was a lack of consultation with the employees during the restructuring process and allegations have been made that only black staff were affected by the outsourcing process.  The employees were also allegedly denied the option of taking severance packages, having been told their skills and expertise were still required.  Telkom confirmed that 220 employees, currently working in the Telkom stores, would be transferred to Smollan and Perx with effect from 1 April.  A spokesperson was adamant that the company conducted the restructuring process in line with the applicable laws and prescripts and that terms and conditions would be no less favourable than previously.  This is the second recent outsourcing project.  The Sunday Independent reported last weekend that Telkom had awarded a R755m security contract to three companies and two of them outsourced Telkom’s investigators.

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