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-¬†Labour unions have been given a deadline of¬† just over a week to respond to Eskom’s latest wage offer, which the utility insists is fair and competitive.

After weeks of wage negotiations, Eskom has given a much higher revised offer of a three-year settlement of between 7% and 7.5% for employees, depending on which option the unions could choose.

Initially Eskom claimed it could not afford salary increases this year but it says it has made a plan to accommodate workers and they initially offered 0%

Labour unions, the NUM, Numsa and Solidarity have to table two of Eskom’s offer.

The one offer is 7% in the first year and in the next two years, but their housing allowance will be adjusted annually by the consumer price index.

The second offer is 7.5% this year and 7% offer for the next two years, but no housing allowance adjusts in the three years.

Under the current economic woes Eskom is experiencing they said the latest offer is fair and competitive. Unions will be replying back to Eskom by next Friday.

Photo Credit- TimesLIVE

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