Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 03 August 2011 – The ongoing wage negotiations between the South African national power utility Eskom Holdings Limited and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are scheduled to continue today and tomorrow.

“Eskom has not bettered its offer of 7% and would not increase workers’ housing allowances,” NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said here in a statement.

The NUM had asked for a 14% wage increase, a higher housing allowance, and for the extension to ordinary workers of deferred bonuses and company shares to which the board of directors was entitled.

Lesiba said the union had been referred to the board of directors to discuss the last demand.
He added that the NUM was ‘disappointed’ by Eskom’s response and threatened ‘dire consequences’ if the power utility did not improve its offer.

“We just have no time to play, they must budge or face the ire of their own workforce,” said Paris Mashego, the union’s chief negotiator at Eskom.

Eskom could not immediately be reached for comment.