Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
20 May 2021
8:39 pm

‘Greedy’ unions fed up with SOE wage offers, threaten strike action

Rorisang Kgosana

State-owned entities and unions are butting heads, with Eskom calling workers' demands unaffordable, and Prasa reneging on previously agreed increases.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) outside Numsa's JC Bez House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

A protracted wage struggle appears to be looming between South Africa's cash-strapped state-owned entities (SOEs), with unions demanding 10 times more than Eskom is offering, while legal action is being taken against the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for failing to pay agreed wage increases. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) had demanded a 15% wage increase while Solidarity requested a lower 9.5%. This is a far cry from Eskom's offered 1.5% increase with adjusted benefits. The utility has described the unions' demands as unaffordable. Trade unions engagement with...