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Telkom employees expected to receive retrenchment notices

Two unions claimed they’d been informed that the parastatal intended to start major restructuring.

FILE: Telkom has dismissed the looming retrenchment claims. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Trade Union Solidarity and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) are expecting Telkom to serve its employees with a notice on Monday afternoon which could result in mass retrenchments.

Telkom has dismissed these claims.

The two unions said they'd been informed that the parastatal had the intention to start major restructuring.

Unions expect the move to impact almost 10,000 employees, which could possibly come into effect next month.

Solidarity's Marius Croucamp said they'd been informed from Telkom itself that the company would be embarking on a major restructuring which would include outsourcing and retrenchments.

He said the union was awaiting the formal notifications.

The CWU's Clyde Mervin said they have also been informed of the intention.

"Our team members were in a meeting today and they have been informed verbally that the union will be served with a notice of section 199 and 197 and as the CWU, once we have received that notice we will be responding in kind to Telkom around that specific process."