Telkom pay dispute heads to CCMA

Johannesburg - A pay dispute between Solidarity and Telkom will be taken to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, the union said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Marius Croucamp said wage talks between the two parties had deadlocked.

"Solidarity is demanding a wage increase of 8.8% based on the consumer price index of 5.8% plus 3%."

He said wage talks began in March and after five sessions of negotiations the parties reached a stalemate.

"Trade unions rejected Telkom's final offer of a 1.5% increase."

Comment from Telkom could not immediately be obtained.

Croucamp said the union was still in talks with the telecommunications company over the severance and early retirement packages it offered to 21 000 of its employees earlier this year.