Telkom and MTN face renewed strikes

Telkom and MTN face renewed industrial action from the Communication Workers Union, according to a report by BDLIve.

The union said impending job losses and the decline of employee benefits were among the reasons for the strikes.

The CWU recently marched to Telkom’s headquarters to deliver a memorandum of demands‚ which included an 11% salary increase and six months paid maternity leave.

Workers promised to march to the JSE on 11 August if their demands were not met, and yesterday vowed to intensify industrial action at Telkom.

At MTN, the union is demanding that temporary employees are made permanent – as per a 2015 agreement.

The union has stated that MTN’s plan to outsource several of its call centres would not go ahead until these employees were given permanent employment.

The outsourcing will affect 980 employees, including 482 casual workers, said the CWU. MTN and the union are set to meet next week.

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