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TELKOM plans to "unfairly" retrench 4000 workers, says Solidarity.
"Employees' contracts expire in March and April 2010, but contracts have ended abruptly," said the trade union's spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans yesterday.
Solidarity has urged Telkom to halt "the unfair retrenchment" of temporary and contract workers.
"Telkom failed to follow the correct process of retrenchment as contained in the Labour Relations Act.
"Although, by right, a complete Section 189 retrenchment process - including a consultation process with the relevant trade unions - should have been followed, Telkom did not follow this procedure at all.
"Employees were simply informed that the termination of their services would be brought forward, with the process now being carried through."
Solidarity attended a consultation meeting with other trade unions at Telkom's head office yesterday.
Telkom spokesperson Pynee Chetty said the company was "resolving" the matter and would continue to engage organised labour.
Telkom is confident that a favourable resolution will be reached, Chetty said.
"With the release of its annual report earlier this week, the company made it clear that an aggressive programme for reducing labour capitalisation would have to be followed in order to cut Telkom's expenses," said Kleynhans. - Sapa