telkom workers down tools

MORE than 4000 Telkom workers in Gauteng will down tools today and march to their employers' headquarters in Pretoria to hand over a memorandum.

MORE than 4000 Telkom workers in Gauteng will down tools today and march to their employers' headquarters in Pretoria to hand over a memorandum.

This will be the second time in a week that workers march to the parastatal's offices.

The Communication Workers Union said 1500 workers downed tools and took part in marches in KwaZulu-Natal, while 1400 heeded the call in Western Cape yesterday.

In other provinces, such as the North West, workers were just engaged in "stay-aways".

CWU general secretary Gallant Roberts said the union would meet Telkom management tomorrow to hear if the company would grant its demand of a 7,5 percent wage hike and an adjustment in salary structures

He said: "It is unfortunate that the company is not making any substantial move on the issue."

Telkom workers will return to work tomorrow and, depending on the outcome of the meeting between the CWU and Telkom, a new mandate could be issued by the union.

Workers in Gauteng could not join the march yesterday because they were waiting for a certificate from the CCMA to engage in industrial action.

Telkom executive for employee relations Meshack Dlamini said negotiations between Telkom and the union were continuing "while the CWU briefs its membership".

Last week the company reported incidents of "suspected acts of sabotage and vandalism in many parts of the country".

According to the company 17 incidents were reported to Telkom's asset and revenue protection services. Damage to cable infrastructure and street distribution cabinets accounted for the majority of the reported incidents.

lPower utility Eskom will know today whether the threatened industrial action goes ahead or not.

The NUM, Numsa and trade union Solidary are due to give Eskom feedback from their members on its latest 10,5 percent wage offer. The unions demanded 14 percent.

Positive feedback would avert a strike scheduled for tomorrow.

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