Eskom, unions to meet in wage dispute

2010-06-21 08:20

Electricity utility Eskom and its trade unions are expected to meet

today to discuss a wage dispute that could see workers go on strike.

Unions have rejected an 8% wage increase offer and a once-off bonus

of 1% of their salary.

The parties involved in the salary negotiations were expected to

meet at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) today

to find out if Eskom had revised its offer.

Solidarity spokesperson Dirk Hermann said: “If there is no movement

from Eskom, the commissioner will issue a non-resolution certificate but

whatever the situation is, we will have to go back to our members and they will

decide what the next step will be.”

The unions involved are Solidarity, the National Union of

Mineworkers and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA.

The CCMA issued a statement on Friday to say that no deadlock had

been reached yet and that mediation was ongoing.

Unions were demanding a 15% increase and a monthly R5 000 housing

subsidy.

 

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