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Eskom employees to get pay hike of up to 10%

The state utility and labour unions resolved their differences during overnight wage talks.

FILE: Eskom says it expects all employees back at work by Monday and operations to continue as usual. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says its employees will receive a wage hike of up to 10% over the next two years, along with an increase in their housing allowance, in a deal that's ended the nationwide strike.

The National Union of Mineworkers(NUM) and Solidarity signed the wage agreement this morning following a 14-hour marathon negotiation process.

Workers went on strike this week at several power stations across the country when talks deadlocked over the weekend, but the utility says operations have not been affected.

Eskom says it expects all employees back at work by Monday and operations to continue as usual.

The state utility and labour unions resolved their differences during overnight wage talks.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe explains.

"For the next two years, we will increase our wages between 8.5 and 10%. We have also increased the housing allowance this year by at least R160 per month and then next year it will increase by R140 per month."

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has not yet signed the deal but has agreed in principle.

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