Eskom says it can’t move from its ‘no wage increase’ stance, the power utility says it doesn’t have money.
Trade unions have engaged themselves in protest action in their quest for a fifteen percent salary increase. “Is zero percent sustainable or not. If we were saying we are willing to entertain a discussion with an independent person from CCMA it means we are willing to meet again and assess the situation,” said Phakamani Hadebe, Eskom Group CEO. Not being able to reach an agreement at the power utility has resulted in the unions to approach the CCMA for arbitration. “Workers should come to work tomorrow, we have a tactical unit to make sure that we protect SA asserts. We can’t say we are willing to move from zero percent, we are not saying that is not an option,” said Hadebe.
Eskom’s Thava Govender tells Hadebe that workers are being intimidated “some workers have been intimidated and threatened, this has reduced the number of staff on site. We can’t give a guarantee that generation has not been affected and that we can’t supply the demand for electricity,” said Govender, head of generation at Eskom. Eskom is in big trouble with the labour relations, therefore workers will be picketing outside the headquarters at Megawatt Park.