Eskom, NUM resume wage negotiations

Eskom, NUM resume wage negotiations Picture: Supplied

Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will facilitate wage negotiations between Eskom and National Union of Mineworkers(NUM) on Thursday.

“Eskom, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity have all accepted the CCMA offer to assist in the Eskom wage dispute,” CCMA said in a statement.

The CCMA will offer assistance in terms of section 150 of the Labour Relations Act.

Director of the CCMA Cameron Sello Morajane confirmed that a senior commissioner has been appointed to facilitate the talks.

This comes after the wage deal negotiations reached deadline. NUM is demanding a wage increase of 10% while Eskom is offering between 7% and 9%.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said: “The workers are demanding a wage increase of between 12% and 13%. Currently, we are offering between seven and nine percent.”

About 15 000 union members embarked on a nationwide strike on Wednesday despite an interdict obtained by Eskom, from the Labour Court, against striking workers.

Eskom said it doesn’t expect disruptions after workers downed tools at their three power stations on Wednesday.

The CCMA will ensure that all options are explored in an effort to resolve the dispute.

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