The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) can confirm that rounds of Eskom wage negotiations are set to start on the 19th, 20th and 21st April 2023 at Cedarwoods in Sandton, Johannesburg.

All trade unions organising in Eskom, the NUM, NUMSA and Solidarity, have officially submitted their wage demands.

The NUM key wage demands are as follow:

Salary increase

15% salary increase across the board


Housing allowance to be increased to R7 000. The NUMPROP to be introduced to Eskom and that employees be allowed to purchase houses anywhere in South Africa.

Medical Aid

Company contribution to shift to 80% and employees to pay 20%

Cellphone allowance

All cellphone allowance to be standard of R1000

X-Scheme Allowance

R10 000 for all qualifying employees

Electricity Allowance

R1 500 allowance for Eskom employees

Danger or Essential worker allowance

R1 500 essential worker allowance once off for the year

Conditions of service

15% increase on all other COS allowances

Rural allowance

R5 000 rural allowance

Performance bonus

Performance bonus to be brought back at 25% annual salary

Paternity leave

Four weeks paternity leave without using one’s contingency leave

Pay Day

Pay day to move to Friday if and when the 26th is on a Sunday

JH Smith

Jan H Smith to increase to R20 000 per child

Truck Driver allowance

R1 000 truck drive allowance

Voltage work allowance

R150 low voltage and R250 high voltage work allowance

Lower salary scales

T05 to be scrapped in Eskom and all employees to be T06


All trainees in Eskom to be absorbed into the business

Early Pension

People retiring at 60 years to be allowed to leave with no penalties

PSR Allowance

A 5% PSR authorisation allowance

The NUM urges the employer to negotiate in good faith. As a start, the NUM will not allow to have any of its conditions of service tempered with in these negotiations. The apartheid wage gap should be finalised as per agreement.

For more detailed information, please contact:

Olehile Kgware, NUM Eskom Chief Negotiator, 078 144 3325

Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257

Luphert Chilwane, NUM Media Officer, 083 809 3255

The National Union of Mineworkers 7 Rissik Street.
Cnr Frederick
JohannesburgTel: 011 377 2111
Cell: 083 809 3257