PRESS RELEASE Date: 14 January 2014
The National Union of Mineworkers is deeply disappointed by the CCMA Award .The award is the outcome of an arbitration process which started in 2013. NUM `s displeasure is that the increase awarded by the CCMA on basic salary is exactly what Eskom proposed and to its favour.
Eskom offered 5.6 % increase on basic salaries which is the exact amount the arbitration award has approved .It is far from what NUM expected in terms of cost of living of its members and what it initially demanded for its members. Regrettably the award indicates that the Arbitrator profiled the interest of the employer above those of the workers such as their living conditions and cost of living .Clearly there is no fairness in the outcome.
We now fully comprehend why Eskom quickly declared a dispute and rushed out of negotiations to CCMA without exhausting channels of engagement. Furthermore we note also that the company unilaterally declared its employees as an essential service so that when its proposed offer is imposed on the workers they would be unable to strike.
It is clear that Eskom is no longer interested in harnessing good working relations and no longer prepared to treat its employees as an important stakeholder and partner within its confines despite declaring them essential. This glaring contradiction from the side of management is a recipe for anarchy and organisational instability which would affect efficiency and effectiveness in the long run.
The tendencies of the employer are surely galvanising a hostile industrial relations between the employer and employees at Eskom .The entity including its management should shoulder the blame for further degeneration of relations.
For further information contact the following:
Livhuwani Mammburu: 083 809 3257 (Acting NUM National spokesperson)
Frans Baleni: 0823756443 General Secretary
Ndlela Radebe- 071 871 5859 or 082 933 7610
National Union of Mineworkers
7 Rissik Street
Tel: 011 377 2111
Source Url: http://www.num.org.za/News/tabid/91/entryid/36/num-deeply-disappointed-by-the-ccma-award.aspx