CWU criticises Telkom for retrenchments
CWU says Telkom should seek other means of saving money and give people their jobs back.
JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) has lashed out at Telkom for retrenching hundreds of its members, saying the telecommunications utility should seek other means of saving money and give people their jobs back.
The CWU says Telkom has sent about 105 of its staff retrenchment letters since the beginning of this month.
The utility's retrenchment process started earlier this year with about 200 managers taking voluntary severance packages last month.
Earlier this year, the company said it would seek to cut 2,500 management positions by the end of its retrenchment phase.
But the CWU's Clyde Mervin says this is not the correct route to take.
"We understand why they want to retrench people but you can't always retrench to save money because there are various means of saving money."
Telkom has declined to comment.