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cwu thumb medium90 95The Citizen reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is back in the Labour Court over more job cuts in the telecommunications sector, this time in respect of one of Telkom’s wholly-owned subsidiaries.  

Trudon (formerly The Yellow Pages), which according to the court papers was rendered obsolete by modern technology, announced plans in January to retrench as many as 80 of its 180 staff.  This happened on the same day in January that Telkom itself made a similar announcement, to cut up to 3,000 jobs.  In a separate case relating specifically to the Telkom cuts, judgment was scheduled to be handed down on Thursday.  The CWU’s urgent application against Trudon was also set down to be heard on Wednesday, but was postponed for judgment in the case against Telkom to be given first.  The union’s lawyer explained in court that the two cases were “very similar” and that a ruling on one might have an impact on the other.  In its court papers, the CWU accused Trudon of having tried to side step the consultation process and asserted that all the company was doing was “going through the motions and implementing its strategy”.  It claimed that Trudon had started offering staff voluntary exit packages without consulting the union.  The Telkom matter also revolves around the same issue.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bernadette Wicks on page 4 of The Citizen of 5 March 2020

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