Eskom wage negotiations get underway

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wage negotiations between Eskom and its employees will get underway today under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

In a tweet on Wednesday, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the wage negotiations at the power utility will resume today at 10am.

Eskom will meet with the three labour unions - namely, Solidarity, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) - in order to find a speedy resolution to the current impasse around wage negotiations.

Phasiwe also said while the wage negotiations are set to continue, a coal truck was petrol bombed at the Hendrina power station in Mpumalanga this morning

“[It is] not immediately clear if this is linked to the current acts of intimidation at some power stations,” he said.

Meanwhile on Tuesday night, the power utility announced that the risk of rotational load shedding remains high for Wednesday as industrial action at Eskom’s power stations continue.

Last night, Eskom terminated Stage 1 rotational load shedding at 8pm.

“The risk of rotational load shedding remains high for Wednesday, as a result of the industrial action and the impact on Eskom’s operations. Load shedding will only be implemented if absolutely necessary,” said the power utility at the time.

Also on Tuesday, Eskom announced that it was engaging the CCMA to facilitate engagement between the organisation and union leaders to resolve the ongoing industrial action.

The industrial action is as a result of Eskom and the trade unions not finding each other at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF) last week Friday, where the unions planned to provide feedback on the wage offer Eskom tabled on 17 July 2018. –