Telkom welcomes CCMA intervention in wage matter

2010-07-09 11:29

Telkom would welcome the referral of the matter of remuneration of

employees in its largest unit to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and

Arbitration (CCMA).

In response to a threat by trade union Solidarity to approach the

CCMA, Telkom said today that this could “only assist in further guiding the

jointly decided upon resolution” on salaries within the Data Advance Services

(DAS) unit.

Solidarity had given Telkom’s executive management until today to

agree on an urgent meeting to discuss remuneration of employees at the DAS

unit.

Should no meeting date materialise, the union would then approach

the CCMA, Solidarity said yesterday.

“There are currently discrepancies among employees in the MCNO

(mobile cellular network operator) office as well as between employees in this

office and employees in the DAS unit,” said Solidarity spokesperson Jaco

Kleynhans.

“Although all of these employees are on the OP1 level in Telkom and

the majority of the employees in the DAS unit are frequently required to also do

specialised work for the clients of MCNO, certain MCNO employees receive much

better salaries and benefits,” he said.

The MCNO office deals with the maintenance of the decentralised

networks of large companies and the DAS unit handles company switchboards and

data transmission lines.

Telkom said today that it had been in constant talks with the

national leadership of organised labour.

“At a recent company forum in May, a joint proposal was agreed on

by all parties, but all three labour unions that represent Telkom’s bargaining

unit staff wanted to socialise the proposals with their members.”

At a meeting in early June, organised labour agreed to the

implementation of the joint proposal, Telkom said.

“A joint task team then commenced with the implementation

process.”

Thereafter, at a meeting on June 15 with Telkom and all three

unions, including Solidarity, the earlier proposals were amended by organised

labour, Telkom said.

“Matters previously raised that concerned the remuneration of DAS

employees only was amended by the unions to include all employees on the OP1

level.”

Telkom said it had to take the matter back to management.

“The company still views this matter as a DAS issue and not one

that includes all personnel across the OP1 level, as was clearly articulated in

a memorandum of understanding that was agreed to and signed by all parties on

February 19 2010.”

Telkom remained committed to the recommendations made in the report

by the forensic investigation team on discrepancies in remuneration pertaining

to the MCNO environment in DAS.

“Part of the joint proposal being implemented by the joint task

team is to investigate and propose enhancements to the current Differentiated

Reward Model.

The mandate of the team is to review the DAS environment and,

subsequently, the OP1 remuneration model.”

All parties agreed that the task would be incorporated into the

existing differentiated reward model team’s objectives as outlined in the

current Substantive Agreement (2009-2011), Telkom said.



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