The Communication Workers Union (CWU) members’ strike at Telkom has been suspended.

This came after the union yesterday balloted to the strike and the majority of members voted against the action.

In light of that outcome, Telkom said that it expects all striking workers to report for duty today.

“The CWU voted last night to suspend the strike. When I spoke with the union’s President, he indicated a divided vote between those who were willing to agree and those who would not. The suspension of the strike is an important development. As per our offer, we want to see those people back at work, today,” said Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko in a letter to staff.

Members of the union have been on strike at the mobile and fixed operator since 1st August this year.

According to MyBroadband, the operator has agreed to:

  • No forced retrenchments for the next two years.
  • Outsourcing to be limited to less than 1,000 employees over the next two years.
  • The introduction of our new variable productivity incentive plan, “Performance Pays”, which will replace the previous Short Term Incentive plan.
  • Performance Pays will focus on customer satisfaction and front-line productivity metrics.
  • An employee who is achieving their targets can expect to earn approximately 6% more than last year, under the Performance Pays scheme, with further upside for over-achieving employees.
  • An increase of 6% on basic salary payable from 1 April 2017.

In a letter dated 28 August, Maseko highlighted that Telkom has been in talks with various players over wages.

“We have met with the CWU at the CCMA. SACU and Solidarity have already agreed to what we believe to be a fair and reasonable offer. I hope the CWU will reconsider its position and avoid further unintended consequences to those dependent on the salaries of our people,” he said.

In April the union called for Maseko to step down.

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