Members of the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU) employed by Cell C are not moved by their employers’ dismissal of their colleagues via WhatsApp for tweeting. The union says it “will not be sidetracked by these wrongful actions”.
Cell C has suspended close to 1300 workers and is threatening to fire them for demanding their bonuses, while acting CEO and top executives are smiling all the way to the bank. For more read: Cell C Bosses Get Multimillion ‘Special Pay’ Despite Not Paying Workers Bonuses
The ICTU – an affiliate of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) led by Zwelinzima Vavi – represents close to 1300 striking workers in the mobile phone company.
Yesterday, TechFinancials reported that Cell C – which is 45% owned by JSE-listed telecoms firm Blue Label Telecoms – is quietly terminating the contracts of some of its workers via [messaging platform] WhatsApp and registered mail. For more read: Cell C Is Quietly Dismissing Workers Via WhatsApp For Tweeting
Responding to the move by Cell C to fire workers via WhatsApp, ICTU Deputy President Origenous Mogoatlhe said what Cell C management is doing is just a cover up to a whole lot of dirt there.
“They have never respected the law and they continue to do so via their legal office’s advice,” he said. “As ICTU, we will not be sidetracked by these wrongful actions.”
He said the union will be at the CCMA on Thursday to deal with all these unfair suspensions.
“We will tackle these wrong dismissals because everything started from management’s failure to take accountability and they continue to do so.”
Mogoatlhe added, “Our members are focused on the war at hand to have their dignity restored and they are not shocked because there is a serious leadership vacuum in Cell C. As ICTU, we respect the law and we will show Cell C management how to respect the law, not break it.”