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Eskom wage talks to resume on Friday

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The power utility is set to resume wage negotiations with The National Union of Mineworkers and Solidarity on Friday.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity are expected to meet with Eskom’s management on Friday, 27 July 2018 to resume wage talks.

The parties began negotiations last month and last week the three unions agreed to present the power utility’s two offers to their members and are now expected to give feedback to Eskom. Unions were presented with a three-year 7% wage increase with a housing allowance and a 7.5% increase for the next two years after, without a housing allowance – of which they would have to choose one.

NUMSA has also called on Eskom management and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to pay workers their bonuses.

The power utility announced that due its financial constraints, it would not be able to fork out bonuses for staff. NUMSA made the demand just a day after it had been revealed that Eskom secured a R33 billion loan from China’s state bank. “This points to overall increase in productivity backed up by a very strong technical performance by Eskom employees. For that, our members are entitled to their bonuses, which they contracted for at the beginning of the financial year. Our members had a performance contract with Eskom. They have met their part, and Eskom leadership must now do their part and reward them”, said Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

Hlubi-Majola added that: “NUMSA has repeatedly warned Eskom management that the issue of the bonuses is a deal breaker and will have a negative impact on wage talks”

Thabo Baloyi
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