The Labour Court has denied an application from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) for an interdict against Telkom.
The union sought to stop Telkom from proceeding with retrenchments, with the CWU stating that the company did not properly include it in the process.
In an explanation for the ruling, Judge AJ Snyman lambasted the union.
Snyman said the CWU’s attitude was confrontational and its approach obstructive.
“I have little doubt that the motivating idea behind this approach was to cause such disruption in the process so as to convince Telkom to abandon it,” said Snyman.
The judge said the CWU had every opportunity to participate in the consultation process, yet there was not one example in any of the consultations conducted where the CWU made a proper proposal.
“If ever there is an example of how not to conduct a proper consultation, this case would be it.”
Snyman said it was tempting to award costs against the CWU considering its conduct, but the CWU and Telkom “have a continued relationship going forward”.
The pair will “most likely have further engagement in this same retrenchment process into the future”.