It’s back to the negotiation table for Eskom, unions

It’s back to the negotiation table for Eskom, unions

It’s back to the negotiating table for the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM), National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) and Solidarity. 


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Sibahle Motha

Eskom Group CEO Phakamani Hadebe announced on Thursday that the power utility is willing to reopen wage negotiations.


“We are committing to reopen the negotiations, thank you so much,” he said to hundreds of protesters at Megawatt Park.


NUM and Numsa members descended on Eskom’s headquarters in Sunninghill on Thursday morning, to show their dissatisfaction with Eskom’s decision to not grant a wage increase.


Irate members demonstrated along Maxwell Drive, holding up placards and venting their frustration at Eskom's management.

Eskom earlier warned of constrained power supply due to what the power utility described as acts of sabotage and intimidation by employees.

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It said intimidation, attacks on staff, road blockades resulted in the power utility halted the delivery of coal to its substations by road.

NUM general-secretary David Sipunzi says they are hoping for an improved wage offer during the new round of negotiations.


“But when he says they will be reopening negotiations, we believe that they would be offering something more tangible."


Unions have given Eskom management seven days to respond to their list of demands.

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