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eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom said on Monday that the new round of negotiations, which were set to begin on Tuesday, could bring to an end the stalemate with its employees over wage increases.  

Eskom withdrew its inflammatory zero percent “offer” following a meeting on Friday with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and its three trade unions, namely the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity.  Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the power utility would offer “anything above zero percent” in the new round of negotiations.  He indicated:  “We have a mandate from our shareholder to increase our offer.  We have seen the softening of attitudes from the unions as well.  If we continue along that trajectory, we will be able to make a lot of progress in the negotiations.  Hopefully we will find each other before the end of this week.”  Prior to the meeting with Gordhan, the three unions had declared disputes with Eskom and the matter was headed to the CCMA.  At the weekend, Numsa reported that the unions, Eskom and Gordhan had agreed to discuss, among other issues, Eskom’s coal costs, the impact of independent power producers, Eskom’s bloated top executive structure “and the building of trustworthy relationships between the parties as part of the process post negotiations”.

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