3000 face losing jobs as Telkom issues notices to trade unions_1

As reported by Money Web, approximately 3 000 employees will be affected. This follows after Telkom served trade unions with section 189 notices on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Notices to be served to employees of the Openserve division

Telkom has a work-force of approximately 15 000, and the notices will be issued to employees in the company’s Openserve division, as well as its consumer business.

The telecoms giant confirmed the news to Newzroom Afrika and according to a Telkom spokesperson, the section 189 notices “commences a consultation process.”

Telkom announced back in July 2019 that it would decommission it’s copper network and move to newer wireless alternatives, such as fibre, which is easier to maintain.

Communication Workers Union speaks out

According to eNCA’s Heidi Giokos, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says consultations with workers will commence from 23 January, adding that the CWU is willing to “go on strike to stop the cutting of jobs”.

“CWU tells eNCA it wants a full explanation as to why job cuts is the only option for Telkom and why is there so much outsourcing at the telecoms company. CWU [is] willing to camp outside Luthuli House.”

The union “wants to establish if job cuts is really the only option”. In addition, Telkom workers have allegedly not received a salary increase in three years.

This is a developing story, more to follow.

BREAKING NEWS: Telkom has confirmed to Newzroom Afrika that it has served unions with letters regarding looming potential retrenchments. It's understood that the Section 189 process could affect around 3000 employees. #NewzAtPrime pic.twitter.com/XbHwhum8Dt— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) January 15, 2020