Cape Town – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have called on workers to “normalise the situation”, saying that a bilateral meeting on Tuesday had registered considerable progress, with Eskom agreeing to return to the negotiating table.
The unions and Eskom’s executive met on Tuesday to discuss the wage deadlock.
In a joint statement, NUM and NUMSA said that Eskom presented a new offer which will be tabled at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF) on Friday.
In the meantime, the unions have asked their members to return to work.
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“NUM and Numsa can inform the public and our members at Eskom that the bilateral meeting this morning has registered considerable progress in that negotiations have been able to break new ground with a new offer, which will be tabled at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF) this coming Friday, 1 July 2022.
“In light of these developments, we call on workers at Eskom to normalise the situation given that Eskom has returned to the negotiating table. We are calling on our members to give this process and the CBF meeting on Friday the necessary chance to settle the current dispute,” reads the joint statement.
NUMSA and NUM joint press statement on the #Eskom wage talks. Details below👇🏾 pic.twitter.com/CKwAbV3kzf
— NUMSA (@Numsa_Media) June 28, 2022
Some Eskom employees went on unprotected strike last week Tuesday following a deadlock in wage negotiations.
Since then, the power utility has implemented load-shedding at different stages.
On Tuesday the utility implemented stage 6 load shedding as its grid was experiencing pressure.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo