Unions to revise latest Eskom offer
UNIONS in the Eskom negotiations have said they are going to take the revised 6.2% wage offer back to their members.
The power utility yesterday tabled a new offer of 6.2% in 2018 and 6% for the second and third year.
The offer comes after the unions on Wednesday rejected the wage offer of 5% tabled by the power utility.
NUM energy sector coordinator Paris Mashego said they would be reporting back from their members in the plenary next Friday.
Mashego said the power utility threatened that if they did not accept the offer it was going to go back to the 4.7% offered earlier.
“We view this as negotiating in bad faith, Eskom suspended its ability to be reasonable,” Mashego said.
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said they were going to engage their members.
“They must tell us how they feel about it and give us a mandate for the way forward.
“We will meet again on Friday where we will communicate the decision of our members.”
Meanwhile, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said they would like to give the process a chance to be completed before making any public pronouncements.
The power utility was forced into the negotiating table after the intervention of Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan following the power utility’s rejection of any pay increase.
The three unions, Solidarity, NUM and Numsa, have said Eskom was not being open and honest regarding its financial standing.
The unions have also called on Eskom to scrap the independent power producers programme as it had the potential of shedding jobs.