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eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom workers have until Wednesday to accept or reject a new wage offer that includes one-off cash payments of R10,000.  

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was instrumental in crafting a settlement proposal in talks on Friday between the power utility and unions.  Talks had hit a stumbling block after the company said it would not pay bonuses as part of its wage increase package, with workers demanding 2% of their annual pay as bonuses.  According to the CCMA’s written proposal, wages would rise by 7.5% in 2018 and 7% in 2019 and 2020.  Housing allowances would be adjusted in line with inflation for the three-year period of the agreement.  However, the document stipulates that unions "reserve the legal right to challenge the non-payment of bonuses".  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said they would be engaging with their members on the offer.  Last week Solidarity signed an earlier agreement tabled by Eskom that offered workers a cash payment of R5,000.  However, Solidarity members would still receive whatever increases are agreed to during the final settlement.  The CCMA hopes the deal will be signed on Wednesday.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Eskom said to cave in on bonuses, unions likely to accept new offer, at Fin24

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