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CWU to meet with Telkom over possible retrenchments

On Friday the union embarked on a strike outside the parastatal’s head offices in Pretoria.

FILE: Telkom says it’s had to restructure operations due to poor financial performance. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Communications Workers Union (CWU) says it will meet with Telkom tomorrow to discuss the possible retrenchment of workers at the mobile operator.

On Friday the union embarked on a strike outside the parastatal's head offices in Pretoria after the company announced plans to shut down a number of its stores.

Telkom says it's had to restructure operations due to poor financial performance.

The union's Clyde Mervin, "Unemployment stands at 35 percent. If you equate it to millions, it equates to 8.2 million people unemployed. And they are saying they must put more people on the streets? That can't be correct. Already 62,000 of Telkom people are part of that unemployment rate."

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