Trade union NUMSA says it is officially headed for a strike following a deadlock in wage negotiations with Eskom.

NUMSA says its decision comes after the power utility consistently refused to offer a wage increase without providing audited financial statements.

The union’s demands include a 15 percent wage increase, a R2 000 housing allowance increase and an 80 percent contribution to medical aid.

NUMSA spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says, “Eskom management has also confirmed that they have declared a deadlock with us – and this means that there will be no more talks. We are officially headed for a strike.”

“Trade unions are united in a fight for an increase, and refuse to be blamed for the financial losses caused by corrupt managers at the state owned entity. We will be mobalising all our members to embark on a complete shutdown of Eskom if they refuse to negotiate meaningfully with our demands,” says Hlubi-Majola.

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