Industrial action at Vodacom

7 Jun 2007

South Africa’s Communication Workers Union (CWU) has confirmed that employees of mobile operator Vodacom have gone on strike in protest at the company’s refusal to recognise the union. The company says that the union has insufficient members working for it to expect formal recognition. Industrial action will start this morning with a go-slow protest, followed by demonstrations and picket lines outside Vodacom offices by dinnertime, which will continue for the rest of the day. A one-day walkout is planned for tomorrow. The dispute between the cellco and the union was referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration in February 2007. Around this time Vodacom gained an injunction from the Labour Court preventing the CWU from calling a strike, but this was recently overturned. The CWU has said that if they cannot reach an agreement, further industrial action would ensue, including secondary strikes by members at other companies.

South Africa, Vodacom Group