Eskom salary bill leaves us in dark

Talk of the Town - - Opinion - A CON­CERNED CIT­I­ZEN / RATEPAYER

I CAN’T re­call whether your news­pa­per picked up on an ar­ti­cle in the June 18 edi­tion of the fi­nan­cial publi­ca­tion Money­web, re­gard­ing what em­ploy­ees earn at Eskom?

Es­sen­tially, An­toinette Slab­bert, the au­thor of the ar­ti­cle, states that the min­i­mum wage paid to a labourer at Eskom equates to a stag­ger­ing R11 000 per month.

In­deed, the range of salaries paid to mem­bers of the bar­gain­ing unit is between R11 000 – R49 500 per month!

The bar­gain­ing unit is com­prised of (mainly) the mem­bers of the unions (Numsa et al) who were strik­ing for a 15% in­crease in their wages. No won­der then that the power util­ity has to in­tro­duce load­shed­ding (be­cause the unions were strik­ing) and we the tax­pay­ers have to foot the enor­mous salary bill of Eskom (and other state-owned en­ter­prises).

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