Unions want intervention on Eskom

2010-06-25 12:23

The three unions representing Eskom workers today asked for

government intervention following deadlocked wage talks with the electricity

parastatal.

The National Union of Metal Workers of SA (Numsa), National Union

of Mine Workers (NUM) and Solidarity said at a press briefing in Johannesburg:

“After several weeks, there remains a huge gulf separating management and the

workers. We will therefore seek political intervention from the ANC

government.”

They would “not hesitate” to go on strike should Eskom fail to give

in to their demands.

The unions said: “This intervention is a clear indication that as

the unions, we do not want to plunge the country into a crisis. At present, a

strike action is not on the cards but if Eskom does not provide a reasonable

offer and if the negotiations deteriorate so that we must go on strike to

achieve decent pay, we will follow all due processes.”

Numsa’s Paris Mashego added they would “not hesitate” to strike

next Tuesday should workers decide to do so.

The three unions want a 9% increase and a housing allowance of R4

000 per month.

The electricity parastatal’s final offer last night included an 8%

across the board increase. Workers were also offered either a housing subsidy of

R500 for all workers, whether they had a subsidy or not, or R800 for workers who

did not already have a housing benefit.



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