eskomFin24 reports that ahead of wage negotiations scheduled for next month at power utility Eskom, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is considering demanding pay increases of as much as 10%.

The union has about 16,000 members at Eskom and is still discussing an opening demand for the next three-year deal, according to Khangela Baloyi, the labour group’s energy sector coordinator. An 8% minimum raise would be reasonable to start with as salaries have been eroded by inflation, he stated. The utility bowed to pressure from labour in the 2018 wage negotiations, agreeing to a one-time cash payment and annual increases of at least 7%. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) also hasn’t decided on demands, while it does have concerns about potential job losses as the utility begins a transition to green energy, according to spokeswoman Phakamile Hlubi. The wage talks, to take place between 20 April and 31 May, were "unpredictable" by nature, Eskom said, declining to speculate on the outcome. "We believe that parties are mature and will conduct themselves in a manner that will serve the interest of all employees, the organisation and the country at large," a spokesperson said.

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