telkom thumb100 ITWeb reports that members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at Telkom are on strike, as the union fights for salary increases for its members.  

According to CWU president Clyde Mervin, the union's members have been on a go-slow since last week Monday and they then officially went on strike on Thursday.  The union has over 4,000 members working at Telkom, and CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala claimed around 90% of the members were downing tools.  However, Telkom's Jacqui O'Sullivan said the number of striking workers was under 1,000.  The crux of the strike comes back to CWU's displeasure with a collaborative partnership agreement Telkom signed with trade unions Solidarity and the SA Communications Union in June.  At the time, Telkom said the CWU had agreed "in principle" to the deal, but to date the union has still not signed it.  This is mostly due to a stipulation in the deal that Telkom would not give any annual increases for staff this year, but committed rather to a 6% salary increase for all employees from 1 April 2017.


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