D-Day for Telkom workers

Some Telkom managers and specialists have received calls on whether they will have a job after the company’s new structures kick in on 1 September 2014.

MyBroadband received information from managers and specialists who said they were informed their jobs were safe, and that their applications for new positions were successful.

Some managers, however, were informed their applications were not successful. This means, as it stands, they will not have a job once the restructuring process kicks in. However, unsuccessful candidates can apply for new positions in phase 2 of the restructuring process.

It is understood that some staff members who applied for early retirement were also informed whether their applications had been approved or not.

Telkom confirmed in a communication to staff that it made verbal offers to successful candidates, and informed unsuccessful candidates on 8 August 2014.

Further “Fit for the Future” dates

Telkom said phase 1 level 5 placements will commence on 12 August 2014 – a process which will run until 15 August 2014. This follows the phase 1 level 4 placements which started on 5 August.

Phase 2 placements, which involve people not placed in phase 1, will start on 1 September 2014 and be concluded on 15 September 2014.

“The 2nd phase of placements will be in September, giving employees not successfully placed during phase 1 a second chance to be placed. The qualification criteria will be relaxed to 50%,” Telkom said.

“It is furthermore important to notice that the business-as-usual recruitment process for all vacancies will commence on 16 September. 1 October 2014 is the new date on which Section 189 exit notices will be provided.”

Feedback from some Telkom managers, specialists

MyBroadband asked some Telkom managers and specialists how they felt about Telkom’s restructuring, and the process which Telkom followed.

The majority of the people who were asked said that it was necessary for Telkom to restructure and retrench managers.

However, many managers said they were not happy with the way Telkom has been handling the restructuring process.

There was a feeling that performance and competency did not carry enough weight in the restructuring process, and that race counted against some managers in the process.

Telkom was asked for comment regarding the restructuring process, but the company did not respond by the time of publication.

This article first appeared on MyBroadband

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