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eskomSABC News reports that wage talks at Eskom are set to resume on Wednesday, after the state-owned power utility and unions failed to reach agreement last week.  

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity presented a consolidated set of demands, including a revised 9% wage increase demand.  Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said the unions were unhappy that Eskom sent a delegation to the talks that did not have a mandate to respond to the reduced wage demand from the unions.  He commented:  “The failure for Eskom to make sure that they have got an appropriate decision (-maker) that can negotiate and take decisions on the spot does border on Eskom bargaining on bad faith. …  The fundamental issue is wages.  But for them to be able to respond completely, the board would apparently be able to have a full board (meeting) on Monday.”

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