Telkom restructure may put 10,000 jobs on the line: union

Telkom is planning major restructuring process that could affect up to 10,000 employees, according to union, Solidarity.

Solidarity’s Marius Croucamp said that he has been informed by Telkom management that the group intends on implementing a large-scale process of restructuring “soon”.

He noted that while Solidarity has not received a section 189 notice from Telkom yet, it has been confirmed, with the union expecting to receive written confirmation later today (Monday 16 February).

Croucamp said that the company’s management informed the trade union that it is planning on restructuring its field force division.

“As many as 10,000 employees could possibly be affected by the process,” he said. This would include technicians and maintenance personnel, Croucamp said.

“Telkom’s meeting with organised labour is still ongoing. The claims by Solidarity are incorrect. The Telkom Field Force is not under discussion today. More details will be shared once the meeting and the necessary process, has been concluded,” said Jacqui O’ Sullivan, Telkom’s managing executive for group communication.

Last year, Telkom implemented a series of retrenchments within its management pool. Group CEO Sipho Maseko said that the group was looking to cut R1 billion in costs per year for the next five years.

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