Picket outside Telkom office for rise of 9%

File photo. Picture: Si[hiwe Sibeko.
File photo. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko.
Telkom workers picketed outside the company’s Linton Grange, Port Elizabeth, office yesterday, demanding a9% salary increase .

Apart from the pay hike, workers are also demanding more maternity leave, resolving the wage gap and stopping retrenchments.

The countrywide strike has been on going since the start of this month.

Communication Workers Union deputy president Nothembani Mahenezasaid: “Our salaries have been blocked.

“We were not paid for August, [so]people could not pay debit orders.”

The striking workers complained yesterday about Telkom chief executive Sipho Maseko earning R2.2-millionmore this year in his total take home package.

“They gave the workers 0%. We demand a 9% [pay rise],” Maheneza said.

Telkom spokeswoman Jacqui O’Sullivan said about 13 000 customers had been hit by outages due to sabotage.

She said a “no work no pay” policy had been implemented.

“Those who have been on strike will not be paid on the 25th of this month,” she said. Some payments would be made on September 7.

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