Unions and Eskom back to the drawing broad after 6.2% increase rejected

Demonstrators protest outside Megawatt Park, Sunninghill, June 14, 2018. Eskom workers are demanding a 15% salary increase while Eskom has decided to cut completely any increases for this year, saying they simply do not have the funds. Photo: Greg Roxburgh.

JOHANNESBURG-  Eskom and labour unions involved in the negotiations process after the labour unions rejected the utility’s offer of 6.2% was rejected.

The party’s have been locked down in talks for days but they remain deadlock with no solution in sight.

Unions rejected 6.2% from Eskom, they are still demanding 9%.

Unions went on strike after the state utility offered a 0% counteroffer. The strike caused load shedding across the country and Eskom saying their infrastructure was damaged and their system sabotaged.

On Friday morning the National Union of Mineworkers’ Livhuwani Mammburu said they are meeting with Eskom again this morning, “We’re going to report to Eskom and then we’ll take it from there and we’ll see how Eskom is going to respond to what we’re going to report to them. It will depend on what Eskom will take from what we’re going to report back to them.”

Solidarity’s Deon Reyneke said their members are currently meeting ahead of the talks.

He said, “Any strike, any negativity on Eskom is a problem at this stage and on the country as a whole. We really hope that we can get to a settlement today.”

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