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Telkom Union Threatens Strike After Groups Split on Wage

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     June 3 (Bloomberg) -- The largest labor union at Telkom SA SOC Ltd., Africa’s biggest fixed-line operator, plans to go on strike if its demand for an 11.5 percent pay increase isn’t met, the Communications Workers Union said.

“We only expect them to give us what we deserve,” CWU spokesman Matankana Mothapo, who says the group represents about 10,000 Telkom workers, said by mobile phone today.

The company, based in Pretoria, will meet with unions tomorrow after offering to raise wages by 6 percent. The Solidarity union has asked for an 8.8 percent increase, while the South African Communications Union is considering the Telkom offer, according to spokesman Karriem Abrahams.

Inflation in Africa’s biggest economy was unchanged at 5.9 percent in April, according to the statistics agency.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Spillane in London at cspillane3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net

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