Telkom facing legal action over plan to cut 6,000 jobs

Trade union Solidarity has said it will take legal action against Telkom over the company’s plans to cut its workforce by 6,000 by the end of 2016.

Solidarity said Telkom disclosed this information in a letter to the union.

“Telkom inter alia wants to restructure 300 positions in its Corporate Centre as well as transfer 1,600 jobs to Business Connexion as part of a Section 197 business transfer,” said Solidarity.

“Furthermore, it also wants to outsource several of its other functions. In the letter the company says it anticipates that its core workforce of 13,895 will consist of only 8,000 employees by the end of the year.”

The trade union has approached the court on several occasions to put an end to Telkom’s “unfair retrenchment processes”.

“We won’t hesitate to approach the court again if Telkom continues with its irrational plan to cut its workforce by 40%.”

“This year is the tenth consecutive year that Telkom undergoes comprehensive restructuring. However, the latest announcement of 6,000 possible retrenchments is the largest ever and… should be challenged.”

Telkom has indicated that it wants to finalise the retrenchment process by July 2016.

Meanwhile, wage negotiations between Telkom, Solidarity, the Communication Workers’ Union, and the South African Communications Union will commence on 7 March.

This comes after the process was delayed for several months.

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