CWU brands Gijima job cuts ‘unacceptable’

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it cannot accept listed ICT group, Gijima’s intention to cull up to 12% of its workforce.

Last week (15 May), Gijima said it had launched an ‘internal people optimisation strategy’ aimed at improving efficiency and reducing its cost base.

This stream-lining process, the group said, would include reducing its human capital costs by between 8% and 12%, depending on the business area.

Gijima employs approximately 3,080 people, which means that the the group’s actions could see between 245 and 367 people lose their jobs.

Matankana Mothapo, national spokesperson for the CWU said: “We cannot agree with any retrenchments of people in the ICT sector. We will make sure that we block this. We have not yet discussed this matter with them (Gijima),” he said adding that the CWU would be engaging with the group.

“It is of paramount importance to ensure that we protect our people. We cannot accept this,” Mothapo said.

Union, Solidarity, said it would meet with Gijima this week to discuss the job losses.
Spokesperson, Marius Croucamp said Gijima had already retrenched about 200 employees since December, and planned to retrench another 200 employees by mid-August.

Croucamp said that a number of employees had received a letter informing them that a new retrenchment process was underway.

Gijima said it has Solidarity members and UASA members. “They, however, have very little representation within Gijima. They were fully briefed prior to the optimization, and HR keeps constant contact with them. Things are 100% under control regarding the unions,” Gijima said.

UASA represents workers in the diamond, motor, manufacturing, transport, mining and engineering industries.

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CWU brands Gijima job cuts ‘unacceptable’