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CWU calls for the removal of new Telkom CEO

Telkom announced that it abandoned its restructuring process and will offer voluntary packages.

FILE: Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - After reaching a wage settlement with mobile service provider MTN the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it now wants to see the removal of Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko.

On Thursday, the union announced that it will sign an agreement to bring an end to its two month strike at MTN.

After demanding the resignation of former MTN CEO Ahmad Farouk, union leaders say they believe Maseko should also vacate his position at the telecommunications company.

This week, Telkom announced that it had abandoned its restructuring process and will offer voluntary severance packages to employees.

However, the union's Clyde Mervin says this is in contravention of a Labour Court ruling that ordered a halt to the process.

"We are calling for the removal of the CEO and this is not just an empty call, it will be a call with our actions. A call that we will make to civil society, to the shareholders and to government."

MTN EMPLOYEES ARE SAFE

Meanwhile, the CWU says it believes the jobs of MTN employees are still safe despite many of them being on strike for two months.

The union has reached an agreement with the service provider that will see permanent contracts and other benefits for workers.

Union leaders say MTN executives have said there will be no job cuts following the industrial action.

The CWU says the service provider's employees will go back to work on Monday.

Among other conditions the union has secured 12 percent bonuses for employees regardless of company performance.

The union's Thabo Mogalane says the union's main concern is the well-being of workers and not MTN's financial sustainability.

"We are just focusing on the value of our labour, power and skills. All these other things are problems for other people to deal with."

Officials will continue talks to reach a final settlement of salary increases.