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telkom thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said on Wednesday that Telkom has served unions with letters regarding planned retrenchments of 3,000 workers.  

The proposed job cuts will affect nearly a third of Telkom’s 9,000-strong workforce.  On Tuesday following a briefing session, the union received two letters, namely from Telkom and Trudon (Telkom’s subsidiary), which informed it of their plans to reduce the workforce.  The union still has to respond.  CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala indicated that there were processes that the employer still needed to fulfil in terms of the Labour Relations Act, such as informing the employees of the reason for the planned retrenchments.  Telkom has apparently proposed meetings for next Wednesday and Thursday for consultations.  Tshabalala noted that employees were bitter about this development, particularly as they had not received increases for a number of years.  He pointed out that the government was a major shareholder in Telkom and should not be seen to be at the forefront of retrenchments.  Trade union Solidarity confirmed that its members had received notice of the retrenchment process.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ernest Mabuza at BusinessLive

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