JOHANNESBURG – After weeks of deadlocked negotiations, unions have now accepted Eskom’s one-year 7 percent wage deal.

This is expected to ease pressure on the power utility after protest action around the wage talks contributed to the return to Stage 6 blackouts.

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Eskom said in a statement that the housing allowance will increase by R400 per month.

“The overall effect of this agreement on the wage bill will be more than R1-billion over the period of the agreement,” the statement read.

“Following this agreement, the NUM, Numsa and Solidarity have urged their members to return to work immediately.”

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