Marathon wage negotiations end NUM strike at Eskom

AUGUST 12, 2016

Power utility, Eskom, on Friday morning announced that wage negotiations with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) had been successfully concluded with a 2-year agreement, ending an illegal strike that began in earnest on Monday.

"Following a 14-hour marathon wage negotiation process that was brokered by the CCMA until the early hours of this morning, both NUM and Solidarity have signed a wage increase of between 8.5% and 10% , with the lowest paid workers getting a 10% pay rise for the this year," described Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe.

"In the second year, all workers will receive a pay rise of 8%.

"NUMSA has not signed the deal yet, but they have in principle, accepted the settlement. NUM is also in the process of mobilizing all its members to return to work."

NUM affliated Eskom workers - around 15 000, which is about a third of its workforce, downed tools at all of the utility's 27 power stations after negotiations had deadlocked last weekend.

While Eskom obtained a court interdict against the strikers on Tuesday evening and threatened action against workers who did not report to work, the strikers remained resolute. 

Aside from reports of confrontations at some power stations, the strike - according to Eskom, had not adversely impacted on their operations.