strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents close to a third of Eskom’s workforce, downed tools on Wednesday in a nationwide strike over wages.  

This was in defiance of a court interdict which Eskom obtained from the Labour Court on Tuesday.  The NUM is demanding a housing allowance of R3,000 a month, a double-digit increase for low-earning workers and 8.5% for the rest.  Eskom is offering between 7% and 9% across the board, with no housing allowance.  The strike is unprotected as Eskom is deemed an essential service.  But the NUM’s David Sipunzi said on Tuesday that members had a constitutional right to strike.  Meanwhile, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) said that all three unions represented at Eskom had accepted an offer for a senior commissioner to facilitate talks, which will take place on Thursday.

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