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eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom and its three recognised unions will this week enter into do-or-die wage negotiations that will give an indication of the country’s future energy security.  

Illegal industrial action two weeks ago disrupted operations at Eskom’s power stations as workers protested over the utility’s proposal of a 0% wage increase.  Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the utility’s board had convened a special meeting for Monday to discuss new demands tabled last week by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity.  The unions, which initially wanted increases of 9% to 15%, last week indicated that they had presented the power utility with a detailed package “which included a plan on how the power utility can turn itself around financially, while at the same time, meeting the wage demands of workers.”  The unions have also demanded the presence of Eskom CE Phakamani Hadebe and representatives of the board at the negotiations, saying their absence undermined the talks.

  • Read this report by Siseko Njobeni in full at Business Report
  • See too, Eskom wage negotiations, by the numbers (graphic), at BusinessLive

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