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telkom thumb100 BL Premium reports that unions representing most of Telkom's workers have threatened drastic action, including calling for the entire board to be declared delinquent and camping outside the ANC's headquarters, in their fight against the fixed-line operator's plan to cut up to a fifth of its staff.  

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), the majority union representing more than 50% of the workforce, has threatened to camp out at Luthuli House to stop the planned retrenchments, which Telkom plans to implement because it is battling declining income from its fixed-line services.  General secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said the collapse of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) was deliberate and aimed at benefiting a few individuals at the expense of workers and the poor.  Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) acting general secretary Riefdah Ajam said:  “We are outraged at Telkom’s turn of events because this is an own-goal that Telkom has scored.”  Ajam indicated that the federation would push for the possible removal of the entire Telkom board and that they be declared delinquent.  On Thursday, Solidarity said it had written a letter to Telkom asking for a moratorium on the “forced retrenchments”, which it said threatened the company’s financial sustainability.  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 a fast-changing information environment.  Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann noted that Telkom workers must move forward with the company from fixed-line services to mobile services.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane and Karl Gernetky at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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