The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it believes Eskom will be able to afford the 15% wage increase currently being demanded by employees.

Numsa, NUM and Solidarity are presenting their wage demands to the power utility – in the first round of talks at the Central Bargaining Forum. The current wage agreement is lapsing on the 30th of June.

NUM’s Energy Sector Co-ordinator, Khangela Baloyi says, “Eskom can afford that amount of money. This 15% increase is very reasonable and it is achievable. We have done our calculations, we know how much money Eskom is making, where they are spending the most money and they need to cut their wasteful spending and pay workers a decent wage.”

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