Eskom workers expected to return to work after wage deal agreement

Workers went on strike at several power stations across the country over wage increases.

Eskom's Megawatt Park headquarters in Johannesburg on 12 March 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom employees are expected back at work today after signing a wage agreement which ended a week-long strike.

Workers downed tools at several power stations across the country over wage increases.

After a 14-hour wage negotiation process in the early hours of Friday morning, both parties reached a settlement.

Labour union Solidarity and the National Union of Mineworkers signed a wage deal which will see workers getting increases of between 8.5 and 10 percent over the next two years.

Eskom has also agreed to increase employees' housing allowances by R160.

This means operations at the 27 power stations are expected to resume as normal from today.

At the same time, the utility's CEO Brian Molefe is adamant on learning more about nuclear energy and will be attending conferences across the globe.

Eskom wants to increase its generating capacity in order to avoid load shedding, as it has done for the past year.