Fin24 reported that NUM and NUMSA members were against the proposal, based on a letter widely distributed by a branch.
JOHANNESBURG — Unions at Eskom are in turmoil over reports that its members have rejected a 7% wage offer they have yet to make.
Fin24 reported that members of the National Union of Miners (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (NUMSA) were against the proposal based on a letter distributed massively by a branch.
However, Eskom will not table the formal proposal until Friday at the central bargaining forum, after which the unions will start holding mass meetings to discuss the merits of the offer with members.
After Eyewitness News revealed that the new wage offer that broke the unprotected strike at Eskom was 7%, members of Numsa and Num at the Matimba power station in Lephalale, Limpopo met on Wednesday evening to deliberate on the question. Subsequently, they wrote a letter addressed to their national leaders declaring their rejection of the 7%, accusing their representative of appearing biased between their interests and the management of Eskom.
Although they have the right to hold such a position, the move is premature.
“Let me state categorically that as NUM General Secretary, sitting where I sit, I have not received any mandate from any branch that the offer is rejected,” the General Secretary said. of the union, William Mabapa.
Mabapa explained the process the unions will follow after the central bargaining forum meeting on Friday to table the new offer.
“In this negotiation forum, our branches will then be represented, Eskom will officially file the offer and we will then find a reaction in this wage negotiation”.
The offer of a 7% pay rise was secured thanks to the intervention of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan after talks between the unions and Eskom stalled last week.
The electric utility offered 5.3% while the unions had different demands ranging from 8.4% to 12%.
Although Lephalale’s letter does not represent the position of the two unions because a single branch cannot speak for the majority, the challenge could be indicative of workers’ intentions to challenge the new offer.
This article first appeared on EWN: Eskom unions upset over reports of wage offers rejected