SOUTH AFRICANS FACE POSSIBLE POWER SHUT-DOWN OVER DEADOCK IN WAGE TALKS AT ESKOM

JOHANNESBURG– South Africans face a possible total electricity shut-down across the country following a deadlock in wage negotiations between unions at Eskom and the management of the national power utility.

Last week, Eskom tabled a 0 per cent wage increase, while unions representing workers at Eskom are demanding a 15 per cent pay rise.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu alleges that mismanagement of money by the Eskom management had resulted in the current financial state of affairs at the power utility.

Other unions representing Eskom workers include the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Solidarity.

Mammburu said Monday that from now onwards, the unions will only negotiate with the Eskom Board and not the management.

The zero per cent wage increase offered by Eskom is an insult to the workers at Eskom; remember there were corruption, mismanagement of money at Eskom, workers are not responsible for that, why should they be punished?,” he asked.

“We feel that workers are being punished here, and our members have given us a mandate that if Eskom keeps on giving us a zero per cent wage increase, they have instructed us we must go for a total shutdown.

Meanwhile, Eskom says the zero per cent wage increase offer still stands. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the company sympathised with the workers but the power utility had no money.

We do understand their concerns, and their concerns are legitimate ….. and if Eskom had the money, Eskom would ordinarily pay these increases as per part of the normal negotiation. Unfortunately, Eskom doesn’t have enough money.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK