Eskom unions to make announcement on strike

Eskom trade unions are expected to make an announcement this

morning on the “failed wage negotiations”.

The National Union of Metalwokers of SA (Numsa), National Union of

Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity were set to address the media in Braamfontein,

Johannesburg, at 11am today.

This was to “brief members of the media and the general public on

the failed wage negotiations with the monopoly power utility Eskom”.

A strike has been looming at Eskom, causing the Commission for

Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to become involved in wage

negotiations.

Solidarity said yesterday evening that the unresolved wage dispute

between the national power supplier and the three unions had been referred for

arbitration.

The CCMA issued a certificate of non-resolution on the matter

yesterday afternoon.

Eskom’s final offer last night included an increase of 8% across

the board.

It also included an offer of either a housing subsidy of R500 for all

workers whether they have a subsidy or not or R800 for workers who did not have

a housing benefit.

The trade unions were demanding a wage increase of 9% across the

board and a R4 000 housing allowance.


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