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telkom thumb100 Fin24 reports that a long-standing salary dispute between Telkom and trade union Solidarity has ended with a R4.6 million award for workers.

On Monday, Solidarity explained the arbitration award was based on the interpretation of a 6% salary increase agreement entered into with Telkom, which it believed the company had not implemented fairly. The increase came into effect in April 2017. "Telkom decided unilaterally to calculate the 6% increase on the 50th percentile of each individual’s functional area, and not on the total package of each individual employee as per the agreement," said Linda Senekal, the union’s spokesperson for the communication industry. Solidarity said the matter had been unresolved since 2017. Telkom had taken the first award on revision, and the Labour Court had sent the matter for arbitration. "After several tough arbitration sessions which took place between February 2020 and May 2021, Solidarity again won the case," said Senekal. Solidarity described the latest award, which will put R4.6 million into the pockets of thousands of workers, as victory for a workforce battered by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In terms of the award, Telkom must pay employees according to the provisions of the agreement as agreed upon in 2016, which means that the 6% salary increase must be granted based on the individual’s total package. Telkom has indicated that the 1,175 affected employees will be paid their outstanding money next month.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sibongile Khumalo & Penelope Mashego at Fin24
  • Lees ook, Telkom skuld werkers amper R5 miljoen ná arbitrasie, by Maroela Media

Read Solidarity’s press statement on this matter at Solidarity News

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