Eskom offers employees wage increases of up to 5.3%

Business Live reports that Eskom has offered unions wage increases of 4%-5.3%, which is in line with the Reserve Bank’s inflation target range of 3%-6%, for its nearly 30,000 employees in the bargaining unit. In a document seen by Business Day on Monday, Eskom is offering a one-year pay hike deal with increases of 5.3%, 4.5% and 4% for its 28,374 employees in the bargaining unit. Employees in the bargaining unit are spread across different salary scales. The offer was made to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity, during another round of talks for the 2022/2023 financial year at the bargaining forum last week.

Numsa and NUM, which represent the majority of Eskom’s estimated 46,000 workers, had been demanding a one-year, 15% across-the-board wage hike. Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola gave the following update on Monday: “We have reduced our demand from 15% across the board down to 12% across the board. Our revised salary demand from 15% to 12% is a R425m reduction from our opening demand.” Solidarity is demanding a 5.5% across the board increase, according to its sector co-ordinator Tommy Wedderspoon. Hlubi-Majola claimed that after parties could not find each other during talks last week, Eskom attempted to collapse the negotiations by declaring a dispute. “We stopped them. We asked for another round of talks from June 21-22,” she indicated.

by Luyolo Mkentane
Ref: SA Labour News

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