Solidarity “keeping a close watch” on Telkom

Union Solidarity says that it will “keep a close watch” on Telkom’s retrenchment process, after the company refused to retract termination letters sent to employees.

Telkom is currently conducting a process whereby employees affected by the retrenchment process are placed in alternative positions.

“Should some of our members be forcefully retrenched, we will attend to each case individually. Solidarity will therefore consider taking legal action if we find it necessary,” said Communication Industry head, Marius Croucamp.

Approximately 676 employees affected by Telkom’s section 189 retrenchment process have been placed in alternative positions within Telkom, while 302 employees took voluntary severance packages.

A further 105 employees, who have not been placed in alternative positions, received termination notices on 1 October 2014.

Telkom has maintained that the key focus of its restructuring process was always to retain and place qualified and experienced staff to secure the future commercial sustainability of the business.

“Simply placing people into positions, regardless of their competencies, qualification, or experience just to avoid their retrenchment would be a huge disservice to the business,” Telkom said.

“While we respect labour’s right to protect their members, Telkom must place the right people in the right structures and roles.”

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