Trade union, Solidarity, declares wage dispute with South Africa’s power utility, Eskom

By bne IntelliNews June 6, 2010
Tradeunion, Solidarity, declared a wage dispute with South Africas power utility,Eskom, due to unnecessary delays during annual wage negotiations. The NationalUnion of Mineworkers chief negotiator, Paris Mashego, agreed. Both unions saidthe utility pleaded bankruptcy and employees were offered a 5.5% wage increasewith inflation increases of 1% more for the second and third years. Employeehousing allowances, promised for several years, have never been given. Eskomreported a reversion to profit in parliament, gave management a one-offcost-to-living payment of ZAR 60,000 in 2009, plus a monthly cost-to-livingallowance of ZAR 5,000/month, Solidarity said.

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