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Solidarity halts job cuts at Gijima

Jul 13 2012 09:29

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Johannesburg - Trade union Solidarity said on Thursday that after “intense consultations” with black-empowered IT company Gijima there would be no forced retrenchments of its members from the company, BusinessLive reported.

Solidarity reportedly said this showed it was “possible to rise above difficult financial times and ultimately to ensure that employees do not suffer from them”.

In May, Gijima said it planned to retrench some of its more than 3 000 employees in a bid to save costs and improve efficiency, citing “dramatic changes” in the information, communications and technology industry.

According to Solidarity, Gijima had by then already retrenched about 200 employees since December last year and planned to retrench another 200 by the middle of August, the report said.

Gijima CEO Jonas Bogoshi said in the report that the company’s had launched its Vision 2025 plan for a new business structure last year, and the first phase of the plan’s implementation had resulted in “some role duplication and staff underutilisation”, which the group was trying to correct.

Zylma Olivier, group human resources manager at Gijima, confirmed the figures and said while the company was “in the final phases of the process of consultations” regarding the retrenchments announced earlier in the year, no further job cuts were planned, the report said.

Gijima returned to profitability in the six months to December last year after reporting losses over the same period in 2010 due to write-offs relating to a settlement with the department of home affairs over a R2.4bn technology tender.

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