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eskomFin24 reports that Eskom tabled a 4.7% wage increase proposal during Tuesday negotiations aimed at preventing a strike.  

This was confirmed by Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), who added that the state-owned power utility had also proposed a 4-year agreement linked to inflation.  Eskom had initially offered a 0% increase for the current year.  Jim commented:  “As unions we are not committing to anything, we will take the offer to our members, 4.7% is very far from what the unions here wanted, we will go back and reflect on the offer.”  The demand on the table from Numsa and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is for a 15% wage hike, as well as a R2,000 a month housing allowance increase, the banning of labour brokers, and the in-sourcing of workers such as cleaners and security guards.  Trade union Solidarity, which wants a 9% wage hike, described the new Eskom offer as a “move towards the right direction”.  The negotiations are expected to resume on Wednesday.

  • Read this report in full at Fin24
  • Read too, Eskom wage talks off to a bad start on Tuesday morning, at Engineering News

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