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eskomSABC News reports that unions at Eskom have said that the next round of wage talks with the power utility scheduled for Tuesday would be critical in determining whether a deal was possible or not.  

Eskom upped its wage offer to 7% on Friday, which was rejected by unions, which had also turned down an earlier revised offer of 6.7%.  William Mabapa of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said:  “We are not taking anything to the members because we didn’t finish the discussions.  The venue was booked for other activities.  But during the discussions I can confirm that Eskom gave us a revised offer of 7 percent that we have rejected.”  EWN reports that Irvin Jim of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) commented:  “As unions we can’t sell-out our members.  We’ve taken a very firm stance.  From where we’re sitting, these negotiations can be settled.  Eskom must go back and secure a mandate, so they can give us an extra 1%, which will be 8%.”

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