Wage negotiations between Escom and the union got off to a difficult start on Tuesday, with no offer from the utility to raise basic annual wages, according to a document released by the union.
Discussions with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Mineworkers (Numsa) and solidarity will continue for a month until June 3.
NUM and Numsa are demanding a 15% increase, while Solidarity wants a 9.5% increase.
But on Tuesday, the union said Escom was “not at this stage in a position to offer possible proposals regarding the rate of increase in base salary.” According to the union, its position relies on workers’ response to several proposals, including shift allowances, vacations, housing and risk allowances, and equal pay for equal work.
NUM also demanded a monthly electricity rate of 500kWh per employee. This proposal was rejected, and the proposal to increase childcare allowances was also rejected. In other words, a full 6-month maternity leave and 10 days of childcare leave.
Struggling with financial difficulties and heavy debt, Escom urged both parties to prioritize “the best interests of the country and its citizens” when negotiations began.
The last series of wage negotiations took place in 2018. At that time, NUM and NUMSA demanded a 15% wage increase, but solidarity wanted a 9% increase.
Escom refrains from offering salary increases once wage negotiations begin
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