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CWU opposes retrenchments

CWU accused Telkom of ignoring alternatives to a planned retrenchment programme.

CWU accused Telkom of ignoring alternatives to a planned retrenchment programme. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communications Workers Union accused Telkom of ignoring other alternatives to a massive planned retrenchment programme spanning three years.

Telkom is considering laying off 2,600 managers and specialists in an effort to counterbalance fierce competition and declining profit margins.

The parastatal has for years performed worse than its peers and wants to restructure its operations to remain profitable.

The union's president Cecil Mokgantsho said they are fiercely opposed to the job cuts.

"Telkom didn't tell us what the challenge was and didn't ask us for solutions, we have suggestions to avoid retrenchments."

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