Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has informed staff on Friday (18 July 2014), that the company has not suspended its restructuring process.
Trade union Solidarity said on Thursday, 17 July, that Telkom had suspended its current restructuring and retrenchment process following an agreement with the union.
“This includes halting the process wherein Telkom intended to use race as a criterion for layoffs,” Solidarity spokesman Marius Croucamp said.
“In terms of the agreement, Telkom will suspend all planned selections, appointments, and retrenchments,” he added.
Maseko denied that the company suspended the restructuring and retrenchment process in an email to staff titled “Further consultation on Fit for the Future”.
“We have been approached by our trade union partners to have further discussions on the restructuring process,” said Maseko.
“I have agreed to further consultation as we remain committed to a fair process that works in partnership with the various stakeholders.”
Maseko added that despite recent statements in the media, they have “not suspended the restructuring but will use this process to get further input”.
“Please know that we will continue to treat every employee with dignity and respect. I would also like to emphasise that we are taking additional steps with our partners to ensure the process is comprehensive and in the best interest of employees and the organisation,” said Maseko.
He added that further announcements on the Fit for the Future process will be made to all Telkom staff once they have concluded this additional consultation process.