In a statement released earlier today, Telkom announced it will proceed with its automatic transfer of staff from its call centre, supply chain and IT environments to new employerson 31 March this comes after unions failed to secure a majority consensus on an additional offer from the company.
Persistent illegal industrial action in the form of “go-slows” at Telkom’s call centres also escalated this weekend, with incidents of staff intimidation and walk-outs reported.
Telkom’s discussions with organised labour, regarding the Section 197 process, has been underway for five weeks. Unions requested that Telkom move the transfer date out from 31 March to 30 April.
Telkom agreed to both requests. Written acceptance of the offer was required from the unions by Friday afternoon.
While Solidarity and the South African Communication Union (SACU) accepted Telkom’s offer ahead of the deadline, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) withheld the majority consent, which meant no agreement could be reached.