Employees of South Africa's dominant landline telco, Telekom SA are striking this week over pay demands. Communication Workers union members in three of its provinces namely Gauteng; Kwazulu Natal & Western Cape intent to down tools by staying away from work from the 3rd to the 4th of August 2009.
CWU members in Gauteng are expected to march to Telkom Head Office on the 4th August 2009 to deliver a memorandum outlining their grievances and demands.
CWU members in other provinces will also be following the strike programme of "Go-Slows" and an ban on overtime working. The union will be staging a national march on the 11th of August 2009 in the event that an agreement with Telkom has not been reached.
The CWU says that its members are still adamant that their salary scales adjustments should precede the 7.5% salary increment and both the adjustment and increment must be implemented retrospectively to the 1st April 2009. Another burning matter was the distribution of Telkom profits to its employees.
It is estimated that around 3,500 employees are complying with the strike.