ESKOM STRIKE LOOMS OVER PAY INCREASES

Electricity pylons are seen in front of the cooling towers at the Lethabo Thermal Power Station,an Eskom coal-burning power station near Sasolburg in the northern Free State province, March 2, 2016. South Africa's energy regulator said on Tuesday it had allowed state-owned power firm Eskom to raise tariffs by 9.4 percent in the 2016/17, less than what had been requested by the cash-strapped utility . REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko - RTS8VZV

JOHANNESBURG- Some Eskom employees will go on picket on Thursday.

Trade unions, the National Union of Mines (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) revealed on Tuesday  that they have rejected Eskom wage increase offer, zero percent.

The unions have agreed to a series of steps, including mass pickets on Thursday, to force Eskom to hike its salary increase offer of 0%. A strike will be called as a last resort. Among unions demands is a 9- 15% pay hike.

“I am not allowed to say much but I can confirm we’ve met to discuss the way forward and a joint programme of action.”

Eskom did say on Tuesday that they will keep the lights on on Thursday.

Photo Credit- TimesLIVE

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