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Press Release dated 2 August 2013

Issued by Deon Reyneke, Head: Metal, Engineering and Electrical Industry

Trade union Solidarity today warned that Eskom’s refusal to amend its wage offer of 5,6% could have a negative impact on the country’s electricity supply as wage negotiations in the coal mining industry of the Chamber of Mines are also progressing at a snail’s pace.

The second day of tough negotiations between trade unions and the electricity giant at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) ended in a stalemate this afternoon when Eskom was not prepared to budge, still offering an increase of 5,6% as part of a five year agreement.

‘It was clear from the outset that Eskom was not interested in a negotiated settlement, and merely went through the motions to reach an arbitration process,’ Deon Reyneke, spokesperson for Solidarity said.

Meanwhile, trade unions have consolidated their demands and now demand a wage increase of 12%.

Solidarity represents around 7 000 members at Eskom.

Deon Reyneke, Head: Metal, Engineering and Electrical Industry, Solidarity