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Solidarity agrees to Eskom wage increase, leaving NUM and NUMSA in a lurch

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NUM and Numsa are set to discuss the latest wage offering from Eskom, over the weekend, after Solidarity opted to back out of the alliance by accepting the deal.

The Eskom wage deadlock could be coming to an end this weekend, as the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will be meeting to discuss the offer presented by the power utility.

The two unions were left in the fray, after Solidarity decided to abandon the wage battle and accept Eskom’s 7.5% increase for this year. It’s also satisfied with the power utility’s further 7% salary hike over a two-year period, increased housing allowance and a once-off payment of R5,000.

NUMSA, Solidarity and NUM have been negotiating as a collective for better salaries for more than two months now, however, Solidarity says the decision to accept the offer is in the best interest of the country.

NUMSA said it would be discussing the offer with members. “We’ve arranged different meetings at different plants all over the country over the next few days to discuss the proposal in detail with our members,” it said in a statement.

Both NUMSA and NUM have also been demanding bonuses for workers, arguing that their members were entitled to them. The power giant, however, said it could not afford the bonuses due to financial constraints. The power grid has been under threat this week after acts of intimidation, with Eskom saying it will do its best to avoid loadshedding.

Thabo Baloyi
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