The request for another round of negotiations came after claims that Telkom gave its top management “exorbitant salary increases”, spokesman Marius Croucamp said in a statement.
“Top management received exorbitant salary increases, while many employees, according to Telkom’s final wage offer, will basically get no increase. [We] maintain the situation has led to a breach of trust between top management and ordinary employees.”
According to the union, Telkom drew up a final wage offer linked to a “differentiation model” that involved a three-year contract. “[The model] is aimed at rectifying historic salary imbalances… certain employees will receive an increase above six percent, while others will get virtually no increase, which comes down to a wage freeze,” Croucamp said.
“As a result of the agreement certain employees will, in real terms, get a wage decrease over the next three years, as they will stay on the same salary level during that period.” Telkom initially offered a 1.5 percent salary increase, which was revised at a later stage.
Solidarity also alleged that the final agreement was implemented despite it declaring a dispute. Telkom was not available to comment on the claims.