Mining wage

NUM provides update on wage negotiations with Eskom as load shedding weighs on SA

Wasanga Mehana spoke with NUM Highveld Regional Chairman Bizza Motubatse about the status of negotiations with the power utility.

The country has been plagued by frequent load shedding over the past week, with the understanding that we can expect level 6 blackouts from Monday afternoon as wage negotiations continue.

Wasanga Mehana spoke with NUM Highveld Regional Chairman Bizza Motubatse about the status of negotiations with the power utility.

According to Motubatse, the reason for the workers’ strike was not only due to low wages but also to the unilateral changes that were made to working conditions at Eskom.

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Changes had been made by the utility to pay for shift workers and overtime, and workers were frustrated by the loss of benefits.

On Friday, Eskom agreed to a 7% raise for workers and is ready to restore service conditions as workers demanded.

On Friday, Eskom committed to giving us a 7% raise, as well as reinstating the terms of service, as the terms of service were a deciding factor for our members.

Bizza Motubatse, Highveld Regional President at NUM

Hopefully the unions and Eskom will soon come to an agreement on pay rises and employment conditions and we will soon see the public service run more smoothly.

Motubatse also said workers are engaged and doing their best to ensure they are providing services and hopefully a reduction in power cuts will be seen.

However, much of the machinery is old and requires frequent maintenance, which contributes to the regular loss of power.

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