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Telkom: No blanket restructuring

Telkom dismissed claims that it intends restructuring the field force which would impact up to 10,000 people.

FILE: Telkom Towers. Picture: Telkom website.

JOHANNESBURG - Telkom says there will be no blanket restructuring, just in individual areas.

The utility cannot confirm how many people will be retrenched during what it calls and optimisation process.

Trade Union Solidarity and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says the parastatal intends to restructure the company and retrench thousands of employees.

Telkoms says it's in the process of changing several areas including some Telkom Direct stores, but that affected employees will be redeployed elsewhere within the business.

The company's Jacqui O'Sullivan says the situation is being monitored and all relevant avenues are being considered.

"There is no blanket restructuring happening at Telkom, we're looking at individual areas for optimisation and each one of those areas is part of the discussion in the working groups that we set up with labour. It really isn't appropriate or in fact correct to speculate on numbers."

Telkom has also dismissed claims that it intends restructuring the "field force" which would impact up to 10,000 people with possible retrenchments.

Solidarity's Marius Croucamp said they'd been informed by 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've also been informed of the intention.

"Our team members were in a meeting today and they've 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."