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Eskom signs wage deal with labour unions

Employees went on strike across the SA this week when NUM & Eskom deadlocked over wage increases.

FILE: The National Union of Mineworkers members protest outside Eskom offices in Morningside. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it expects all employees to be back at work from Monday after a wage deal was signed in the early hours of this morning.

Employees went on strike across the country this week at some of the utility's power stations when labour unions and Eskom deadlocked over wage increases.

Following a 14-hour marathon negotiation process, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity signed a two year deal that will see workers receiving between 8.5 and 10 percent hikes.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is still due to sign the settlement.

"NUM is now busy calling on its members to return to work and we're hopeful that by Monday everything will be back to normal.

"At the same time, Numsa is yet to sign a deal although they have agreed in principle that the offer is fair."

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