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eskomReuters reports that a source at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says that the union would be open to an inflation-linked pay rise for its members at Eskom instead of its initial demand for a 15% increase.  

The NUM source, who did not wish to be named, said on Monday that the mineworkers’ union would consider a wage offer from Eskom of "inflation plus a certain percentage".  Consumer inflation was running at 4.5% in April, well below the level unions had initially targeted.  The NUM, as well as the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity, were angered by Eskom’s initial refusal to offer pay rises for this year.  Following protest action by some employees last week, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated that Eskom had conceded and would indeed offer an increase.  All three unions have agreed to resume talks on Tuesday.  Deon Reyneke, deputy general secretary of Solidarity, which represents mostly skilled workers, said Eskom had signalled to unions that it would be looking at a formula linked to consumer inflation for its next wage offer.  Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said the company’s management was still "crunching the numbers" ahead of the resumption of talks.  A potential stumbling block to the conclusion of a wage deal this week is that the NUM is scheduled to hold its national congress from Wednesday to Friday, when new union leaders will be elected.

  • Read this report by Ed Stoddard & Alexander Winning in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, NUM 'ready to engage meaningfully' with Eskom over wages, at EWN


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