Pay talks between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Eskom have reached a deadlock.
“We have deferred the matter to a mediation process with a hope and understanding that Eskom will abandon its bullying strategy, and start negotiating in good faith,” Numsa said in a statement today.
“This process will also inform and guide the next course of action the union should pursue in order to force Eskom to concede to workers’ demands.”
The power utility had offered workers a 5.6 percent increase, which Numsa rejected as a “spit in the face“.
Numsa wanted a R3000 increase across the board, a R5000 housing allowance, a one-year collective bargaining agreement, a total ban on labour brokers, and an 80 percent contribution from Eskom towards medical aid.
Numsa’s national sector co-ordinator for basic metals and energy Stephen Nhlapo said: “The rejection of our collective bargaining demand is an underhand tactic and punishment to the union for waging a successful campaign opposing Eskom’s ridiculous application for increased electricity tariffs.”
Eskom could not be immediately reached for comment.
Wage negotiations began in May.
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