Meeting underway to end Telkom strike

Monday, August 3, 2009

Pretoria - As Telkom employees downed tools on Monday, management and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are currently holding talks to resolve the matter.

This after Telkom employees belonging to the CWU in Gauteng indicated that they will be picketing outside the offices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in Johannesburg today where talks are set to take place.

The union is demanding that the parastatal moves employees to higher pay scales before implementing a 7.5 percent wage increase.

Telkom's executive for employee relations Meshack Dlamini said the parastatal would continue engaging the union. "The company is still involved in discussions with organised labour and these talks continue today as well," said Mr Dlamini.

Provinces that will be affected today are Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Union members are expected to picket at key workplaces of Telkom in the three provinces while staff in Gauteng will hand over a memorandum to management at Telkom's offices in Johannesburg.

The union's secretary-general, Gallant Robert said the union will be staging a national march on the 11 August 2009 in the event that an agreement with Telkom has not been reached.