The three recognised unions at Telkom today issued a joint statement relating to their wage dispute with Telkom. Last week at the CCMA, the unions rejected a final wage offer made by the company, but the CCMA subsequently informed them that Telkom wants to meet with them again and may reconsider its offer. A meeting will accordingly take place at the CCMA in Johannesburg tomorrow, which the unions see as a last chance for Telkom to avoid the issuing of strike certificates.
Solidarity, CWU and Sacu
25 August 2011
Telkom wage negotiations: CCMA gives Telkom last chance
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will give Telkom a final opportunity to improve on its wage offer to the three trade unions at the telecommunication giant tomorrow before strike certificates are issued, Solidarity, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the South African Communications Union (Sacu) said in a joint media statement today.
This announcement comes after Telkom made a final wage offer for a two-year agreement during a wage dispute meeting with trade unions at the CCMA last week. This offer was for a wage increase of 5% for the period April to September this year and an additional percentage point increase for the period October 2011 to March 2012. An increase of CPI +1% was offered for 2012. The trade unions rejected the offer.
Meanwhile, the CCMA informed the trade unions last Friday that Telkom wants to meet with the trade unions again and may reconsider its offer. A meeting will take place at the CCMA in Johannesburg tomorrow.
The trade unions have held several meetings this week to inform members of the latest developments. A complete mandating process will take place after tomorrow’s meeting.