Trade unions sign wage deal with Eskom

Trade unions sign wage deal with Eskom

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) have signed wage increase agreements.

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The wage impasse at the power giant came to an end in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Following months of negotiations, the NUM and Numsa have agreed to a 7.5% wage increase for the current financial year.

According to the Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, a three-year deal was signed which will be backdated to July 1.

"Year two 7% increase, year three 7% increase and a once off cash payment of R10 000."

The deadlock was extended due to extensive talks on whether the embattled power utility could take disciplinary action against workers who participated in illegal work stoppages.

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The disciplinary action could ultimately lead to the workers' dismissal.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says this demand by the unions has been abandoned.

"This is no longer part of the conditions for signing. Essentially what this means, Eskom has the right to take disciplinary action against members who participated in the illegal industrial action." 

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Trade union Solidarity accepted the wage deal in August.

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