Eskom’s offer generally accepted, says NUM

2010-07-09 07:58

Union members have a “general feeling of acceptance” toward Eskom’s wage offer, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has said.

“There are members here and there who indicated dissatisfaction but we had to explain to them that in negotiations, it’s a give and take business,” NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said in an interview on SABC radio.

Seshoka said the 9% wage increase was “exactly what we were looking for”.

He also expressed satisfaction with the offer of a R1500 housing subsidy.

“Some workers have never had a housing subsidy, so that is very good. We believe we have scored,” said Seshoka.

Unions had until today to sell Eskom’s offer to their members, with Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) director Nerine Kahn explaining this week that the unions had until today to accept or reject the proposed offer.

Solidarity, the NUM and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) all welcomed the new offer, which was thrashed out in talks facilitated by the CCMA last weekend.

Eskom initially offered an 8.5% wage increase and a R1000 housing allowance. The unions were demanding a 9% wage increase and a R2500 housing allowance and threatened to strike if their demands were not met. 

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