Overstaffed Eskom refuses unions call for wage hike

Trade unions representing Eskom employees have threatened industrial action against Eskom for its refusal to increase wages.

According to deputy editor at Financial Mail, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, the trade unions are demanding a 15% wage hike for the year.

He says Eskom currently employees 16 000 workers more than it should, produces the same amount of electricity as 12 years ago, and yet consumers pay five times more than they did then.

Read: We are in a very dire financial situation - Eskom

We will only notice they are at work when they actually do go on a strike, if they ever do.

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Deputy Editor at Financial Mail

They (unions) are accusing the management and the board for preparing the company for privatisation because they are making the company useful again.

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Deputy Editor at Financial Mail

The board and management confirmed that none of the Eskom's executive members will be getting a wage increase this year.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Sikonathi Mantshantsha, listen below:


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