Three unions representing Eskom employees have requested a meeting with finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan after they failed to reach an agreement on Tuesday.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) held another round of unsuccessful wage talks with Eskom on Tuesday as workers remained firm on their demand for an 8% salary increase for this year and then 8.5% for the next two years.

Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi, said that the union together with NUM and Solidarity had a long and detailed engagement with the utility and has reached a sensitive stage of the negotiations. “Because of this we have requested a meeting with the Finance minister‚ the Public Enterprises minister and the board‚” Hlubi explained.

According to a report by Eye Witness News the unions have agreed not to disclose the details of the meeting, only revealing that the parastatal made a new offer which is higher than the previous 7%.