NUM sticks to wage demands ahead of ‘do or die’ talks

2013-07-31 17:28

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will stick to its pay demands when meeting Eskom at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA).

“As far as we are concerned, it will be do or die tomorrow. We reject the 5.6% with the contempt it deserves. We reject the five-year proposals and the big-headed attitude adopted by the parastatal,” NUM chief negotiator Helen Diatile said today.

“We remain unshakeable on our demands and we will not, and (will) never, accept Eskom’s insult,” Diatile said.

The NUM would meet Eskom at the CCMA tomorrow, following a dispute declared by the parastatal after the union rejected its 5.6% wage offer during negotiations.

Eskom also proposed a five-year wage deal in opposition to the NUM’s one-year proposal.

The NUM wants a R3 200 wage increase for the lowest-paid workers at Eskom. Other wage demands differ according to the grades up the corporate ladder.

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