Eskom has referred the labour dispute between it and organised labour to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in terms of the dispute resolution process of the Recognition Agreement it has with its recognised trade unions.
This is after organised labour had declared a dispute when the parties could not reach agreement during the final round of negotiations over employee salaries and conditions of service as per the company’s internal bargaining process. During this round of the negotiations, Eskom tabled its final salary offer in response to all the demands tabled by organised labour.
Mongezi Ntsokolo, acting Human Resources Group Executive says, “The offer is informed by the current challenges facing Eskom, including the need for financial sustainability, and meeting the organisation’s mandate of ensuring a stable and reliable power supply system.”
The CCMA will set down conciliation / mediation proceedings. Should conciliation / mediation fail, the only course of action available to the parties will be compulsory interest arbitration.
Eskom is regarded as an Essential Service and therefore Eskom employees are prohibited from participating in any form of industrial action. Any such industrial action will be regarded as unprotected.
“Eskom remains committed to finalise the process as soon as possible in order to minimize financial hardship for its employees and maintain stability of its operations,” added Ntsokolo.
Eskom refers salary and conditions of service dispute to the CCMA
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