Eskom’s woes were eased slightly on Tuesday afternoon, 5 July, when the beleaguered parastatal finally reached a wage agreement with labour unions at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF).
ESKOM, UNIONS REACH WAGE AGREEMENT
The three recognised unions – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity – accepted Eskom’s offer of a 7% annual increase along with an additional R400 per month on the housing allowance.
Solidarity’s Helgard Cronje told EWN that Eskom’s offer was more than what its workers demanded and they were the first union to accept the deal.
NUM and NUMSA shop stewards convened on Tuesday to discuss the proposal with members. Eskom announced that all unions accepted the offer at 15:59.
The wage agreement comes after a protracted deadlock that descended into an illegal strike. Unions returned to negotiations last Friday after Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan intervened.
According to Fin24, NUMSA wanted a 12% increase and NUM was after 10% when they returned to negotiations.
The protest action piled on top of Eskom’s usual struggles saw the country plunge into Stage 6 load shedding last week and this week Monday.