Telkom taken to court for retrenchment plans

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SELLWANE KHAKHAU

Court proceedings in the case between Solidarity and Telkom are still underway at the Johannesburg Labour court. This, as the union has taken the parastatal to court in a bid to save over 7000 jobs that stand to be affected in Telkom’s retrenchment plans.

According deputy general secretary of Solidarity, Johan Kruger, Telkom plans to cut its workforce by 4 400 employees through voluntary severance and voluntary early retirement Packages.

The plans also include outsourcing an additional number of over 3000 employees to other companies by next month. Kruger says the matter calls for urgent intervention, hence the court case.

“The matter remains urgent because once the horse has bolted, it’s difficult to get it to stop. So we are stopping it. We also want proper processes to be followed in this matter. Telkom has opposed the application by Solidarity and other organized unions, and they are saying that the matter is not urgent. Tomorrow there is already a facilitation process within the CCMA that has been schedule. This indicates that the matter remains urgent,” he said.

Arguments have been concluded, and the verdict will be handed down tomorrow at 11:00.

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