Eskom declares dispute after wage talks with unions deadlock

Numsa, the NUM and Solidarity were demanding a 15% wage increase, however, Eskom said its final offer was 1.5%.

FILE: Eskom employees affiliated with the NUM on strike. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom said wage talks between unions and the state-owned entity have collapsed on Wednesday.

The utility said it had declared a dispute because it was not able to reach an agreement at the central bargaining forum with the three unions.

Numsa, the NUM and Solidarity were demanding a 15% wage increase, however, Eskom said its final offer was 1.5%.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: “The unions have rejected this and placed instead demands for basic salary increases of a revised 10% for NUM, 12% for Numsa and 9.5% for Solidarity. This is in addition to other demands for the increase of an average 15% in the benefits enjoyed by the employees.”

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