Eskom believes 5% pay hike offered to employees is sufficient

The power utility however says it’s still open to negotiations.

FILE: Power lines leaving Eskom’s Duvha Power Station, 15km east of Witbank. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says although it believes a five percent pay hike it offered to employees is sufficient, it's still open to negotiations.

Employees affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), have rejected the offer.

The union is demanding an increase of between 15 and 18 percent.

Wage negotiations started this week.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "So you have to find a very fine balance between the requirements that we currently have and some of the needs coming from the trade unions. So the factors in from our side at least, we're sure that it was a fair offer."