Striking Telkom staff to march in Pretoria

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pretoria - Staff affiliated to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are to march to Telkom's head office on Wednesday, to hand over a memorandum of demands to management.

Secretary General of the union, Gallant Roberts, told BuaNews that workers would gather at the Union Buildings and then proceed to the Telkom offices in central Pretoria where a memorandum will be served on management.

"The memorandum is to tell them to speed up the process of a new offer," said Mr Roberts.

Staff began striking last Monday demanding that the salary scales of workers be adjusted before implementing a 7.5 percent salary increase backdated to April. 

However, Telkom wants to increase salaries and then introduce the new salary scale in October.

Union members from across Gauteng had marched in Pretoria last Tuesday.

Workers in some provinces have continued to hold lunch-time pickets while others in the Western Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng have stayed away from work completely.

Telkom's Executive for Employee Relations Meshack Dlamini said negotiations between the two parties were continuing while the CWU briefs its membership.

"A meeting under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has been moved from today to tomorrow [13 August 2009] at CWU's request," said Mr Dlamini.