NUM’s Eskom interdict rejected

2011-09-19 09:40

The Labour Court in Johannesburg turned down an urgent application by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) today to stop Eskom from implementing a 7% unilateral wage increase.

The court ruled that the application did not satisfy the requirements of an interdict. The application was dismissed with costs.

NUM was expected to apply for leave to appeal.

“We are very disappointed ... this has never happened in Eskom. It might set a precedent,” NUM energy sector coordinator Job Matsepe said.

“We are open for negotiations ... but it seems unions have no place in Eskom.”

Wage talks with the NUM, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and Solidarity recently deadlocked. The unions demanded a 13% increment, but Eskom’s last offer was 7%.

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