Johannesburg - An arbitration award handed down on Friday granted Eskom workers a cost-to-company pay rise of 6.3 percent, the CCMA said on Friday.

The increase encompassed wages and other benefits, Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration spokeswoman Laura Mseme said in a statement.

Last year there was a deadlock in wage negotiations between Eskom and its three recognised unions, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, and Solidarity.

When the matter went to arbitration, Eskom offered an increase of 5.6 percent, which amounted to a total cost-to-company of 6.3

percent including adjustments on allowances.

The unions wanted increases to total cost-to-company ranging from 20.1 percent to 44.3 percent.

As Eskom is a designated essential service, its workers are legally prevented from striking.

In reaching the decision, CCMA arbitrator Floors Brand took into consideration factors including affordability, comparability, productivity, cost of living, and the bargaining history of the parties. - Sapa