Communications Workers Union to oppose Telkom retrenchments

On Wednesday, South African telecoms company Telkom SA told unions that as it struggling with declining performance in fixed voice and fixed data services, it could cut up to 3,000 of more than 15,000 staff members.

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Africa Melane on 702Breakfast chats to Communications Workers Union general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala and Telkom communications group executive Mooketsi Mocumi.

Tshabalala confirms that his union received the letter from Telkom alerting of the planned cuts.

The letter cited that it intends to dismiss over 3,000 workers. The process will go over two phases, the first will be completed at the end of March and the second phase will be completed at the end of May. They intend to have a sitting on 22-23 January.

Aubrey Tshabalala, General secretary - Communications Workers Union

He says the trade union opposes these planned retrenchments and Telkom needs to give unions a rationale behind these planned retrenchments.

Mocumi says the notice has been served to Telkom's open-serve divisions and the consumer divisions.

We have been quite constrained from an economic point of view and the business is not growing and we need to find ways on how to get to our customers more quickly. There has been a number of changes technologically in some of our businesses.

Mooketsi Mocumi, Communications group executive - Telkom

He says Telkom and the unions will be going to a consultative process which will be guarded by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

Listen below to the full conversation:


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