CWU suspends Telkom strike

Friction between Telkom and the Communication Workers Union started early this year.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has suspended its strike at Telkom.

However, the union says it's disappointed in the Labour Court's judgment which allows Telkom to continue with its retrenchment process.

The court ruled in favour of Telkom last week with CWU members on strike for more than a month. They are demanding an 11 percent wage increase, six months paid maternity leave and improved transformation policies.

The union says it's having talks with the African National Congress and Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Spokesperson Clyde Mervin says, "We are happy that we've made strides into the Telkom issue and negotiations. However, we have not signed an agreement yet, we have only suspended out strike."

(Edited By Shimoney Regter)