A wage dispute at Telkom that's raged for weeks has just been referred to the CCMA. If it's not resolved, the unions at Telkom say this could result in a strike. Here's the best way to handle wage negotiations so that they don't lead to strike action...
Telkom's wage talks began in March.
Now, after five sessions of wage negotiations the parties reached a stalemate as Telkom's offering just 1.5%, with the unions wanting at least 8%, says Fin24.
Now, the unions involved, which account for roughly 18,000 of Telkom's 20,000 employees have warned that they've not ruled out strike action.
Wage negotiations are on the rise in the country, despite the fact that you're normally free to decide what pay increases you'll give your staff.
That's as long as you comply with the legislation controlling minimum wage levels and minimum wage increases, and you aren't unfairly discriminating against employees when you implement pay increases, says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service
But whether you have a recognised trade union at your workplace or not, your employees may want to have a say in the size of their annual wage increases.
Here's why it's a good idea to involve your employees in wage negotiations from the start…
Because while you're not forced by law to give your employees such an opportunity, voluntarily involving your employees in the decision on wage increases via consultation or negotiation is a great way to prevent a strike in the first place, says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
That said, learn from Telkom's mistake of not starting the wage negotiations too low.
Revealed: The secret to not starting your wage negotiations too low!
To prevent this, you can check with your loyal employees whether there's a talk amongst the workforce about what minimum they'll be willing to accept, what their key demands are and whether they are willing to strike to achieve them, says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service
This way, you'll be able to achieve a successful wage negotiation, where the wage increase amount your employees agree to is an amount you're happy to pay or can at least afford to pay.
In achieving this agreement, no serious damage should be done to your business or to your long-term relationship with your employees through strike action, says FSPBusiness.
Simple as that.