- Telkom South Africa Ltd. has settled a wage dispute with members of two union that laid down that went on strike last week.
Africa's biggest telephone company has agreed to an 11% wage increase for members of Communication Workers Union and the South African Communications Union. While backdating the increase to 1 April, Telkom in addition agreed to further raise 0.5% increase with effect from 1 October, the unions confirmed.
Telkom would not comment on the settlement, but it is reported that the company and unions are now left to negotiate on the possibility of making the 0.5% retroactive to June.
Between 1 and 5 August, members of the two unions embarked on strike over higher wages and improved benefits. On 17 July, the labour union Solidarity settled for a 0.5% increase.
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