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SolidarityTechCentral reports that trade union Solidarity has slammed Telkom over its plan to cut up to 3,000 jobs, or 20% of its 15,000-strong workforce.  

In a statement on Thursday, Solidarity described the planned cuts as reported on Wednesday, as “reckless” in that they would “threaten the financial sustainability” of the company.  The union has written to Telkom asking for a moratorium on all forced retrenchments.  “A company cannot pay its executive team more than R100-million and then get rid of 3,000 of its workforce.  That is reckless and, given the labour market retrenched workers have to face, it is merciless,” said Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann in the statement.  He added that in the previous financial year, Telkom’s CEO, Sipho Maseko, alone took home a full R23-million.  Hermann described axing 3,000 employees as being “too many”, saying that if staff numbers needed to be reduced, this should be done through voluntary processes and natural staff turnover.  Solidarity has requested that “an aggressive retraining programme be implemented during the moratorium so workers can be equipped with new skills to help Telkom grow in the fast-changing information environment.”  Hermann said that when a company “fails to train its workforce for new challenges, it should not retrench the workers — it should get rid of the top management”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Duncan McLeod at TechCentral
  • Read too, Union slams Telkom for paying execs R100m then retrenching workers, at ITWeb
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement at Polity


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