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telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that the SA Workers Union (Sacu) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which are in an alliance, have threaten to either take legal action or down tools against Telkom in a bid to prevent the retrenchment of 3,000 employees.  

Telkom is scheduled to meet organised labour representatives on Wednesday on its imminent job cuts as part of the 60-day consultation process facilitated by the CCMA.  A previous meeting was held last Thursday and Friday.  In a notice issued to organised labour last month, Telkom, which is 40% state-owned, said the depressed economy, regulatory uncertainty and a tough competitive environment had taken a toll on its business.  In a memo to members, Sacu’s Keith Aimes for said that the union alliance was of the view that Telkom’s rationale for the retrenchment made during the previous meeting was weak.  “None of the presentations made on the rationale for the retrenchment makes a clear-cut indication that the company needs to retrench the amount of staff they intend to,” claimed Aimes.  He indicated that the alliance was considering either embarking on an industrial action or referring the matter to the Labour Court if Telkom did not provide sound reasons for the imminent retrenchments.  Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi commented:  “Telkom management has cited stiff competition as a drawback, but we are not convinced how trimming the workforce will address that issue.”  Other unions involved in the talks include the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), Solidarity and the Information Communications and Technology Union   

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Dineo Faku at Business Report

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