Eskom strike in the
past "’ unions are
threatening again
 
Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 11 April 2011 - The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) wants a 20% wage increase across the board from Eskom, while the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it will not start wage negotiations with the power utility until there is a minimum service level agreement on the table.

Reporting these developments here, Business Report says the minimum service level agreement will stipulate the number of Eskom workers who are non-essential workers, and who can then participate in strike action in the event that there is one taking place.

Numsa has tabled its demands for Eskom and other sector employers. Included in its wish list is an extra 15% morning and afternoon shift allowance and a 20% night shift allowance, a contract of one year for agreements in cases where they do not exist, the banning of labour brokers and paid time off for training during working hours, the report adds.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim warned that the union would be intent on gaining one-year agreements and centralised bargaining. “We shall no longer continue with unsustainable company level bargaining,” he said. “Our strategy in this year’s collective bargaining is that we will not enter into any collective agreement unless our demands are met.”

Castro Ngobese "’ the spokesman for Numsa, which has more than 6 000 Eskom members "’ said it would start negotiations next week, and would resort to strike action if its demands were not met.

NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said that if Eskom failed to deliver a minimum service level agreement his union would strike until there was one. The matter is before the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Solidarity said it was still getting a mandate from its members and would disclose its demands next week.