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Telkom to work with unions as it pushes ahead with job cuts

The telecommunications company says this is the latest phase in its turnaround strategy.

FILE: Telkom's offices in Pretoria had all of its lights on despite Eskom pleading for companies to conserve energy. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Telkom says it will work with unions as it plans to push ahead with job cuts.

This will form part of a turnaround strategy which will see it cut more than 4,000 jobs.

The telecommunications company says this is the latest phase in its turnaround strategy implemented two years ago, and it's done everything possible to avoid the retrenchments, including restructuring management.

A further 3,400 workers will be transferred to outsourced companies.

The telecommunications company says after exhausting all avenues, it's now offering voluntary severance and early retirement packages.

Telkom's Jacqui O'Sullivan said, "The results at Telkom yesterday shows that the company has stabilised. If you are going to sustainably turn Telkom around, to be commercially sustainable for the future, the operating model has to change."

However, Solidarity's Marius Croucamp said the number of retrenchments could be higher and happen in a very short timeframe.

"Something needs to happen but the timeline of this announcement has taken everybody by surprise. We had discussions with the CEO over the weekend but the actual numbers and details were given to us this morning."

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