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eskomANA reports that on Monday Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza said it might have been “tactically wrong” to start wage negotiations with unions representing employees at the power utility at zero per cent.  

Mabuza, who also chairs Business Leadership SA (BLSA), made the comments at a BLSA function.  “When you deal with the issues of wages, I think we could have handled this issue better as Eskom.  It was perhaps tactically wrong to go in the negotiation chamber and say we are going to have a zero per cent increase.  I think that was a bit wrong,” Mabuza opined.  He added that the decision of a zero per cent wage increase had unfortunately come as Eskom CEO, Phakamani Hadebe, announced that the company needed to look at cost cutting areas such as freezing posts, freezing salary increases and forfeiting bonuses and it had rightfully been seen by the unions as arrogant.  The company’s insistence on zero per cent saw employee protests throughout the country and take part in alleged acts of sabotage that led to sporadic loadshedding nationwide.  Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan had to step in to bring both parties back to the negotiating table last week.  Eskom wage negotiations would resume on Wednesday, Mabuza indicated.

  • Read this report in full at Engineering News
  • Read too, Eskom management to hold meetings over wage dispute with unions, at EWN

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