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Eskom’s Wage Talks Raise Unions’ Ire as Dialog Hits Stalemate

  • Labor groups reject utility being unprofitable as an excuse
  • Numsa said it has lowered its pay demand to 12% across board

Talks between South Africa’s beleaguered power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. and its biggest labor unions on wages have reached a stalemate, the latest crisis for the utility that’s struggling to boost electricity supply.

The unions “responded with dismay” after negotiations failed to reach a conclusion during the final round on Wednesday. That’s when Eskom highlighted that it was unprofitable and reiterated that it had made its final offer, the National Union of Mineworkers said in a communique seen by Bloomberg. The negotiations will now be extended to a fourth round after the groups consult with their members.