Scientific data needed to rationalise Eskom staffing and wages - economist

Economist Xhanti Payi says scientific research is needed in order to adequately tackle wage issues and overstaffing at Eskom.

Negotiations to end the wage dispute between Eskom and its employees have resumed.

Last week, Eskom workers down tools in response to the utility's decision to implement a so-called zero percent wage increase for the year.

Read: Overstaffed Eskom refuses unions call for wage hike

Eskom cited financial difficulties for initially refusing to increase to wage, but then agreed to reopen talks following the strike action which disrupted power supply countrywide.

Employees were initially demanding wage hikes of up to 15% but said they were open to negotiation and put 10% on the table.

Workers affiliated with trade unions Num and Numsa currently earn between R135 390 and R595 410 per annum.

Read: Eskom says it won't retrench staff to shed bloated workforce

Payi says a stagnate wage affects poorer workers on the bottom end of the pay scale most.

Why is there no scientific data around Eskom? The rationaliation is critical for sustaining the organisation and a stable power supply.

Xhanti Payi, Economist and Researcher at Nascence Advisory and Research

It's a very difficult situation. No matter how much you earn, you always want an increase because you want to catch up.

Xhanti Payi, Economist and Researcher at Nascence Advisory and Research

People who are poor tend to experience higher levels of inflation.

Xhanti Payi, Economist and Researcher at Nascence Advisory and Research

We need a more nuanced discussion. Averages are not a good way to go about discussing how people live, because all of us face different conditions.

Xhanti Payi, Economist and Researcher at Nascence Advisory and Research

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