Eskom's strike woes continue. NUM members went on strike at Eskom three weeks ago over bonuses, and now the strike action has hit Eskom's Kusile plant, disrupting construction. The reason for this strike isn't clear, but based on previous strikes, it's likely to be the fact that the cost of living is increasing thanks to inflation putting up the prices of food, petrol and electricity - with salaries staying put. Here's how to minimise the hassle of wage negotiations if your employees also threaten to strike over wages.
Construction of Eskom's Kusile plant, due to start up next year, has been disrupted by an illegal strike, says Fin24
The strike started this week and around 2,000 of Kusile's 15,000 workers were offsite yesterday, says Eskom chief executive Brian Dames.
A reason wasn't given, but it's also based on wage demands.
Because if you decide not to negotiate over wages, you can be sure you'll have a strike on your hands.
That's why it's a good idea to engage your employees in wage negotiations.
Do your research before you start wage negotiations!
This way, you'll accurate facts on the true impact of rising food costs, petrol and electricity, which is often the reason employees demand a wage increase.
This will help you to formulate strong proposals that your employees are likely to understand and accept.
Especially as the main idea of wage negotiation is that you first listen to your employees' opinions regarding the increase and, after taking these opinions into account, you make the final decision on what the increase – if any – will be.
But what if your employees still threaten to strike over their wages?
Because making 'ridiculous opening offers' only serves to delay and frustrate the process.
If all goes well, you'll be able to compromise and find a solution that keeps all parties happy – and prevent a strike.