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NUM rejects Eskom's 5.6% salary offer

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The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has noted the arrogance showed by Eskom management in dealing with NUM during this year wage negotiations. As the NUM, we reject the 5.6% salary increase offer which is below the CPS on a three year proposal that is being offered by the Eskom. The NUM is demanding one year agreement with a salary increase of 12% across the board.

"Eskom has defined itself as forever disrespectful of worker rights and reckless with employer-employee relations and stakeholder relations generally. Our members are ill-treated and provoked by their employer simply on the basis that they are labelled essential services. Eskom management is refusing to listen to employees and thus creating anger and frustration in the parastatal's industrial relations. Eskom management is sitting on a time bomb waiting to explode anytime if they do not listen to worker's grievances. We reject Eskom three year proposal and call on Eskom to meet the demands of our members," says Frans Baleni, NUM General Secretary.

"Eskom has a very strange corporate conduct of dashing to file disputes with the CCMA ahead of the unions or exhausting alternatives which are extremely worrying. Eskom does not care about the well being of its employees," said Helen Diatile, NUM Chief Negotiator at Eskom.

The NUM remains unshakable on its demands and will never accept Eskom's insult. NUM has repeatedly warned Eskom of the danger associated with a typical legalistic approach to industrial relations. As far as we are concerned, it will be do or die tomorrow. We will meet the company half-way. We reject both the 5.6% offer and the three year proposals by Eskom management. Our demands are legitimate and achievable.

Our members at Eskom are calling upon Cosatu to intervene at Eskom because our members are treated like slaves because they cannot go on strike as they are labelled essential services.

For more information, please contact:
Helen Diatile: 082 809 3270: NUM Chief Negotiator at Eskom
Stanley Lebelo: 082 933 7586 or 078 810 7356: NUM Negotiator at Eskom
Livhuwani Mammburu: 083 809 3257 :Acting NUM National Spokesperson
Frans Baleni: 082 375 6443: NUM General Secretary

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