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Eskom appeals to unions over salary increases

The power utility says 7% is its final offer as it can't afford a higher increment.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has appealed to unions to take the current economic conditions into account as it considers salary increases.

The power utility says 7% is its final offer as it can't afford a higher increment.

Eskom says it's in the process of building three power stations, which will cost R380 billion over the next five years, and still needs to repay the loan.

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and trade union Solidarity have been given until the middle of next month to tell Eskom if they well accept its offer.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "We do appreciate that our people need to be compensated, but the word on the ground is that we also need to be aware of the fact that the company doesn't have money at the moment and needs to borrow more."