South Africa: Eskom unions taken aback
Johannesburg – On Thursday the unions were surprised at Eskom’s announcement that the effective wage offer would push up the wages of the lowest paid workers by 18%, and those of the highest by 9.7%.
It was the first time that they had heard this, said Solidarity deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann in reaction.
According to Hermann, during the discussions Eskom had never referred to the full implications of the effective increase.
At a press conference in Johannesburg the power utility said that the effective 18% figure consisted of a wage increase of 8.5% and various fringe benefits.
At the start of the negotiation process the unions had demanded an 18% increase.
Hermann said that Eskom’s neglect to disclose the [continue reading]