Eskom workers defiant on getting bonuses

Date:Jul 25, 2018

Eskom workers say they have met their targets and deserve bonuses.

The power utility has been locked in wage negotiations with three trade unions for over a month.

Eskom, which reported a net loss of R2.3-billion for the previous financial year, has ruled out bonuses but trade unions say the issue will make or break any wage agreement.

The power utility says it simply can’t afford to pay them.

“Yes, there was a bonus paid last year by the previous management and they took a decision they thought was right, but as far as we are concerned we are looking at all possible options, but one thing that’s clear is that when we look at targets that should have been met we haven’t met our targets,” said Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe.

Workers must decide if they will accept a three-year agreement at 7 percent with a housing allowance, or 7.5-percent for 2018 and 7 percent for the two years after, without a housing allowance.

Bonuses are off the table.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), and Solidarity maintain that workers have met their targets and deserve to be rewarded for keeping the lights on.

“We are highly disappointed and irritated that management says bonuses will not be paid, in terms of performance we must be considered we have made the targets,” said NUM’s Paris Mashego.

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