All Cell C workers, who are members of the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU), are going back to work on Monday, 13 May 2019.

Cell C had suspended close to 1300 workers, who are members of ICTU. The workers have been on strike since 29 April 2019.

Last week the mobile phone company, which is 45% owned by JSE-listed telecoms firm Blue Label Telecoms, threated to fire these workers 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 is an affiliate of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) led by Zwelinzima Vavi.

The workers were suspended for delivering a memorandum to management demanding that Juliet Mhango, chief HR officer at Cell C, sign the collective agreement. A collective agreement is a written agreement concerning terms and conditions of employment, or any other matter of mutual interest, concluded by one or more registered trade unions.

Thereafter, the union took its grievances to Blue Label Telecoms.

Cell C has also quietly terminated 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

ICTU said on Friday a collective agreement was signed with Cell C and the union members are going back to work on Monday.

ICTU members
ICTU members at Blue Label Telecoms offices

All workers – even those who were suspended and dismissed summarily – are reporting for duty on Monday, said the union

ICTU Deputy President Origenous Mogoatlhe says from the engagements, it’s clear that both parties now see the need to work together rather than against each other.

“Both the ICTU and Cell C are committed to growth by Cell C and making it the best mobile company its potential shows,” he explains.

Going forward, Mogoatlhe says it’s not expected that there will be hassles between the union and the company in resolving issues.

“ICTU has always maintained that it wants to see Cell C being a giant within the mobile industry as we have seen it’s potential,” he says.

“ICTU members are happy that what they need, a company that cares for them, is becoming a reality.”

Also read: The ‘Vodacom Cabal’ Must Go To Save Cell C


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