CWU offers Telkom severance packages to its members
Last week the union declared it was planning a total shutdown in a bid to protect workers.
JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Sunday said while it's firmly opposed to Telkom's offers of outsourcing and voluntary severance packages, it has agreed to take the offers to its members.
Last week, the union which represents the majority of workers at Telkom, declared it was planning a total shutdown of the parastatal in a bid to protect 1,300 workers who are set to lose their jobs.
Telkom said the restructuring process is necessary and fair.
The CWU said it's accepting the lesser of two evils in its negotiations with Telkom and warns the company that it will only accept the outsourcing of its members on its own terms.
The union's Aubrey Tshabalala said he needs a strong commitment from the company that their members will not be forced into downgraded employment conditions.
"As the role of the trade union movement, we have to make sure that the impact is at a minimal and of course when people get their Employees Provident Fund, it will be at least sustaining their lives going forward."
Two smaller unions, Southern African Customs Union and Solidarity have already accepted Telkom's offer of voluntary severance packages.