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THOUGH unions indicated last week that a strike at Eskom was not on the cards, they have warned the power utility that they will "not hold their horses forever".
The three unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, National Union of Mineworkers and Solidarity, are embroiled in a wage dispute with the power utility.
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration issued a non-resolution certificate to Numsa last week.
NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said they had until tomorrow to get a mandate from their members.
"As much as we want to give Eskom time to think things through, we want them to know that we cannot hold our horses forever.
"Our members' patience with Eskom is running out," Seshoka said.
Eskom is offering workers an 8percent hike on basic salary, a 5,6percent hike on key allowances and a R12000 once-off payment, paid in two equal instalments - next month and in July next year.
The unions are demanding a 9percent wage increase across the board, a R2500 housing allowance, six months paid maternity leave and a 9percent allowance increase.
Last week Eskom human resource managing director Bhabhalazi Bulunga said the power utility provided an essential service and its workers were not allowed to embark on a strike.
Earlier this month Eskom announced that it had made a net profit of R3,6billion compared with a R9,6billion loss last year.
This was due to a slight increase in power usage, but mainly to the 25percent tariff increase implemented this year.