Telkom has issued a retrenchment notice to trade union Solidarity, informing it that the telecoms company is continuing with its “turnaround programme”.
Approximately 300 employees at Telkom’s Corporate Office will be affected by the retrenchment process, according to the notice, with the dismissals set to take effect from 30 June 2016.
Employees in the administration, financial, and commercial areas will be affected.
Telkom’s notice also stated that it intends to close its regional Centre for Learning facilities – only retaining its Gauteng operations.
“Approximately 48 employees across all levels may possibly be retrenched as a result,” stated the notice.
Solidarity said Telkom also intends to transfer 254 employees to another company in compliance with section 197 of the Labour Relations Act.
The latest planned retrenchments follow 2,393 workers accepting voluntary severance packages in July 2015.
Update: Telkom provided the following comment on the matter.
As part of Telkom’s multi-year turnaround, the company today announced a restructuring of its corporate centre, through a Section 189 process.
Telkom yesterday informed unions of its intention to pursue a Section 189 process, within its corporate centre, which may impact approximately 300 people.
In addition to this, Telkom plans to outsource in the region of 260 roles in its shared service environment through a parallel Section 197 (outsourcing) process. The Section 197 process involves the outsourcing of roles and no jobs will be lost.
Telkom’s first CCMA facilitated consultation on the current Section 189 process will begin on 8 March 2016.
“We have made important progress on our turnaround in the past two years but we still have a lot to do. We have to change and improve the way we work and how we deliver products and services to our customers. Our new operating model is driving this and while these changes are never easy, the streamlining of our corporate centre is an important step in delivering a sustainable and growing Telkom”, said Sipho Maseko, Telkom Group Chief Executive Officer.