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eskomBusinessLive reports that embattled Eskom’s woes escalated on Thursday after two unions turned down the final offer the power utility put on the table last week.  

They promised an unlawful strike on Tuesday if Friday’s negotiations did not yield desirable outcomes.  Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the majority union at Eskom, resolved on Thursday at a shop steward council that should Eskom not accede to their 12% counter-demand they would down tools.  Yet, NUM members who spoke to Business Day said although they had resolved on 12%, they would settle for 9%.  National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members have also rejected the company’s offer, although sources said the union was still willing to give negotiations a chance.  NUM, Numsa and Solidarity are expected to meet with Eskom on Friday to respond to Eskom’s “take it or leave it” final wage offer of 6.2% for 2018 and 6% for 2019-20 made last Wednesday.  Solidarity has indicated it would recommend the wage offer to its members, with the likelihood that the union would accept the deal on Friday.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, NUM and Numsa reject Eskom's wage offer, at eNCA

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