Unions to re­vise lat­est Eskom of­fer

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Gauteng News - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@afro­tone.co.za

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.

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