South Africa: Eskom`s Biggest Unions Get Set for a Midwinter Strike Luphert Chilwane
Business Day (Johannesburg)
1 July 2010
Johannesburg — TWO unions representing the majority of Eskom’s workers issued strike notices yesterday, paving the way for strikes starting next week.
The strikes threaten power supply in midwinter and also the final week of the World Cup.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) confirmed strike notices yesterday.
With a third union, Solidarity, they rejected Eskom’s offer of a 8,5% pay rise and R1000 housing allowance. They demand a 9% rise and R4000 housing allowance.
The NUM said it would consider an 8,5% rise if the housing allowance was raised to R2500.
The NUM and Numsa represent [continue reading]