Union of Mineworkers (NUM) resolved to sign Eskom’s three-year wage agreement
provided the power utility doesn’t press ahead with its intention to discipline
employees, the union said.
The union is
“ready to sign the deal anytime,” NUM President Joseph Montisetse said in an
emailed statement. “On the issue of taking disciplinary action against our
members, we are saying the matter could be resolved outside the bargaining
unit,” he said.
agreed in principle with the unions on salary adjustments of 7.5% in 2018-2019
and 7% in both 2019-20 and 2020-2021, according to the union.
“The NUM wants
to make it clear that it is against any move to dismiss any worker,” it said.
a dispute with its biggest trade unions after they refused to sign a new wage
deal unless the company agreed not to discipline workers who participated in
Eskom workers aren’t
permitted by law to strike, but the company was forced to implement load
shedding and reported damage to systems and equipment when talks stalled.