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NUMSA wants employee performance bonuses from cash-strapped Eskom

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NUMSA insists that its members have met their targets and should be paid their bonuses, amid wage talks set to resume on Friday, 27 July 2018.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has 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.

The union has also added its voice to the growing call for the power utility to be subjected to a probe into its irregular expenditure. Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza recently divulged that R19 billion had been lost in irregular expenditure, but assured that recovery mechanisms were in place. “Furthermore, we are disturbed by revelations of R19.6 Billion in irregular expenditure. This dates back to the era when Brian Dames and Mpho Makwana were leading the SOE. We are shocked because this error represented, at least at face value, the highest standards of corporate governance. We therefore demand that no stone be left unturned and the investigation should date back to the first load shedding of 2008”, Hlubi-Majola said.

Eskom wage talks are set to resume on Friday, 27 July 2018 with workers expected to decide between a three-year 7% wage increase with a housing allowance or 7.5% for the next two years after, without a housing allowance. However, NUMSA has said the refusal to grant bonuses to staff would have a negative impact on wage talks.

Thabo Baloyi
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