Eskom could be hit with yet another labour crisis, with even more employees demanding wage rises and bonus payments amid its financial difficulties. Business Day can reveal that 6,700 line managers and senior engineers, also known as the Management, Professional and Specialists (MPS) in bands 14 to 16, have sent letters to Eskom pertaining to the demands. This employee band is below mid-management. The action comes as Eskom is still battling to conclude a wage deal with the majority of its employees three months into talks with trade unions representing lower-ranking workers. The MPS employees want the same wage increases Eskom offered workers covered in the collective bargaining forum. Eskom and unions have provisionally agreed on 7.5% wage increases for 2018, 7% for 2019 and 2020, and R10,000 once-off payments and housing allowance hikes based on the consumer price index. The power utility would be plunged into further financial turmoil if the MPS employees succeed with their dema...

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