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CWU threatens to intensify strike if Telkom doesn’t pay striking employees

Earlier this month, about 870 workers affiliated to the union went on strike over a wage dispute.

FILE: The demonstrators from the Communication Workers' Union. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) says if Telkom persists with the no-work-no-pay policy, it will intensify its current strike.

Earlier this month, about 870 workers affiliated to the union went on strike over a wage dispute.

Yesterday, Telkom released a statement warning that workers who downed tools on 1 August will not be paid on 25 August.

Telkom's Gugulethu Maqetuka says they have communicated with employees that they won't be paid if they have not reported for work.

He says the company still needs to do a manual audit that will help distinguish between those who were off sick and those who are on strike.

Maqetuka says the strikers will be paid by 7 September once the audit has been concluded.

"Everything we've done and everything we are currently doing is based on the basic conditions of the Employees Act, so it is legal."

However, the CWU's Aubrey Tshabalala says by not paying workers on time, Telkom is violating its contractual obligation.

"It shows you how violent they can be in terms of violating workers' contracts."

Talks between both parties will recommence this afternoon.

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