Telkom strike suspended

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) voted to suspend the Telkom strike, and the company said it wants to see all employees back at work today.

In a letter to staff, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said that they received feedback from the CWU following the company’s full and final offer related to the current strike.

“The CWU voted last night to suspend the strike. When I spoke with the union’s President, he indicated a divided vote between those who were willing to agree and those who would not,” said Maseko.

“The suspension of the strike is an important development. As per our offer, we want to see those people back at work, today,” the Telkom CEO said.

Maseko said that while he is pleased that the CWU has chosen to suspend the strike, Telkom’s full and final offer does still require the signing of the CPA (relating to “Performance Pays”).

Telkom has made some important commitments through the CPA:

  • No forced retrenchments for the next two years.
  • Outsourcing to be limited to less than 1,000 employees over the next two years.
  • The introduction of our new variable productivity incentive plan, “Performance Pays”, which will replace the previous Short Term Incentive plan.
  • Performance Pays will focus on customer satisfaction and front-line productivity metrics.
  • An employee who is achieving their targets can expect to earn approximately 6% more than last year, under the Performance Pays scheme, with further upside for over-achieving employees.
  • An increase of 6% on basic salary payable from 1 April 2017.

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