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eskomBusinessLive reports that trade unions at Eskom said on Thursday they would consult their members on whether to accept or reject the power utility’s renewed wage increase offer of 6.2% for 2018.  

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity indicated that Eskom presented the proposal as a "take it or leave it" offer during negotiations on Thursday.  Solidarity said it would advise its members to accept the offer, which also promises 6% in 2019 and 6% the following year.  Solidarity’s Deon Reyneke said they thought the offer was favourable given Eskom’s distressed financial position and stated:  We will advise them (members) that this is a good offer as long as we can save jobs.  That will give Eskom an opportunity to sort out their financial problems and have stability."  The NUM said it "noted" the offer and would report back to the negotiations plenary when it reconvened next Friday.  The union said Eskom had threatened to revert to the 4.7% wage increase offer it proposed last week if unions did not accept the 6.2%.  Numsa confirmed it would take the new offer to its members, although it has objected to Eskom’s non-response to its demand over the scrapping of the independent power producers (IPP) programme.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read Numsa’s latest press statement with more details of the offer at Politicsweb

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