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CWU calls on Telkom to clarify its restructuring process

CWU want Telkom to provide a clear reason behind its major restructuring that may leave thousands jobless.

CWU want Telkom to provide a clear reason behind its major restructuring that may leave thousands jobless. Picture: Telkom website.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union has called on Telkom to provide a clear reason behind its major restructuring that may leave thousands of people jobless.

Telkom has started a major restructuring process that may result in some staff being retrenched.

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

The company says some of its Telkom Direct stores nationwide will be closed down as they are no longer viable business operations, but that affected employees will be redeployed elsewhere within the business.

It's still not known how many jobs could be lost.

The union's Aubrey Tshabalala says Telkom management hasn't been honest in dealing with the matter.

"We're further aggrieved by the fact that management has not displayed honesty and integrity in its dealing with organised labour in the company consultation forum."

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

The utility 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.