Telkom clarifies retrenchments


Telephone giant Telkom says it has not retrenched close to 600 workers as reported by the Solidarity union. The firm, which continues to seek ways to cut costs, said only about 300 workers at its corporate centre may be affected by the latest job cuts. By Staff Writer

Telkom was earlier reported that it was seeking to retrench 554 workers. 

The South African-based telco, which is valued at more than R28 billion, on Thursday informed unions of its intention to pursue a Section 189 process, within its corporate centre, which may impact approximately 300 people.

The firm advised that in addition to this, it plans to outsource in the region of 260 roles in its shared service environment through a parallel Section 197 (outsourcing) process. The Section 197 process involves the outsourcing of roles and no jobs will be lost.

The first CCMA facilitated consultation on the current Section 189 process will begin on 8 March 2016.

“We have made important progress on our turnaround in the past two years but we still have a lot to do. We have to change and improve the way we work and how we deliver products and services to our customers. Our new operating model is driving this and while these changes are never easy, the streamlining of our corporate centre is an important step in delivering a sustainable and growing Telkom”, said Sipho Maseko, Telkom Group Chief Executive Officer.



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