Telkom working to interdict CWU strike

Workers have been on strike since last month demanding a salary hike and 6 months paid maternity leave.

FILE: The demonstrators from the Communication Workers Union making their way to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to hand over a memorandum of demands. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Telkom says it will today be urgently interdicting workers picketing outside some of their offices across the country.

Workers affiliated to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have been on strike since last month, demanding a salary hike and 6 months paid maternity leave.

At the same time, the Labour Court has ruled in favour of Telkom continuing with their retrenchment process, describing the CWU as "confrontational" and "obstructionist" during talks.

The telecommunications company's Jacqui O'Sullivan says the Labour Court's ruling that the union has been "confrontational" shows the difficulty in being able to end the current strike.

"The strike that we are dealing with at the moment is a result of the CWU's unwillingness to agree to an incentive based performance programme."

She says the union has been reluctant to change at Telkom.

"We will be taking action this morning, to interdict the picketing that we saw yesterday in Menlyn, parts of East London and the Mall of Africa."

The union says it is reviewing the judgment and will respond thereafter.