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Strike looms as Num rejects Eskom offer

2011-08-17 18:24

Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num)  said on Wednesday its members at power utility Eskom had rejected the company's 7% pay rise offer and threatened a strike should the company refuse to move.

Num and other unions at the utility that supplies almost all of SA power,  are seeking 13% wage increases and are demanding raises of at least double digits.

"There was sufficient consensus that if Eskom continues to refuse to budge, then it must be tackled through a strike action," the union said.

The union will seek further talks before it decides to take the dispute to arbitration.

Comments
  • teh cat - 2011-08-17 22:06

    Eskom employees are subject to "essential services" eg police.Effectively they are prohibited to strike,so what is the union blowing except hot air?

  • teh cat - 2011-08-17 22:07

    Eskom employees are subject to "essential services" eg police.Effectively they are prohibited to strike,so what is the union blowing except hot air?

  • Antianc - 2011-08-17 22:22

    If top management can get performances bonuses while doing worse than the previous year, demand 50% increase.

  • Mark Scriven - 2011-08-18 07:36

    i am sick and tired of EVERY tom, dic and his harry is striking for stupid increases, if you get above inflation increase, SAY THANK YOU! you have a job it brainless idiot! if you get 13% now, next month you get retrenched, yay! what is that 13% Helping you now? its not rocket science!

  • Phillip - 2011-08-24 13:34

    The ESKOM management increase the tariffs by 25% at a time. Who can blame the workers for rejecting 7% when the top two officials earn R10 million between the two of them. The sad truth is that South African workers are pricing themselves out of the market and are at the bottom of a recent survey with 59 countries, with regards productivity and many other related labour categories.

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