Numsa rejects Eskom arbitration process

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday rejected Eskom’s decision to engage in an arbitration process on the current wage dispute with workers unions, saying that such a decision was made without consulting them. Numsa, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num), and Solidarity are currently embroiled in a dispute over freezing of wage increases by Eskom this year. Wage negotiations collapsed last week and unions walked out, and the matter had been referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).