Cell C, South Africa’s third largest mobile phone operator, has begun informing its employees of possible upcoming retrenchments as part of a restructuring process. The proposed cuts may affect as many as 190 employees, 13% of Cell C’s total workforce.
Cell C “is in the process of consultation in respect of possible retrenchments consequent to a restructuring in certain areas,” the company said. “This process is aimed at streamlining the business, enhancing efficiencies and avoiding the duplication of functions.”
In a spate statement, Trade Union Solidarity said that the process will be concluded by the end of January. “Solidarity will be representing its members at Cell C in order to reduce the impact of this retrenchment process,” it said.
This news comes on the heel of similar moves from both Telkom and MTN.
MTN recently announced a mass retrenchment plan that is expected to affect around 847 employees at the managerial level, while 138 staff have already been retrenched in the last 12 months.
At Telkom meanwhile 302 staff have taken voluntary severance packages and a further 105 have been issued with retrenchment letters as of last week.