The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has promised to bring SA’s wireline and wireless telecommunications provider (Telkom) to its knees if it fails to give ears to it’s demands.
The union marched to Telkom’s headquarters to deliver a memorandum of demands‚ which includes an 11% salary increase and six months paid maternity leave.
CWU reportedly pointed out that it wants a moratorium on retrenchments and outsourcing for checkpoint divisions and that it would “cripple operations by fully withdrawing our labour not only in Telkom but in all its subsidiaries” if its demands are not met.
CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said:
“We went to Telkom to announce that if nothing happens on the 11th of August‚ we are going to march to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange where Telkom has been registered as a shareholder.”
Telkom Hit by Sabotage
The wireless communication provider has been severely hit by sabotage leading to thousands of mobile and fixed-line users in Limpopo being left without of connectivity on 2 August.
According to Telkom, most of the mobile operators have been affected by the sabotage, along with businesses and individual consumers. However, a good number of technicians have been immediately dispatched to the sites where the fibre cables were cut and they have been working through the night to restore connectivity.
Telkom said three cable breaks occurred, which were caused by the “targeted and considered action of a person or persons who knew where to go, how to access the fibre, and how to do the most damage”.
“This was sabotage.”
Telkom has reported the matter to the SAPS, and is offering a R250,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, the communication provider has made provisions of ICT services to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 2016 election and a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots in almost 1,000 voting stations.
This, according to Telkom, will enable the safe and secure delivery of ballot results from over 22,000 polling stations to the National Results Operation Centre in Tshwane.