Operations not affected by strike: Eskom

Eskom said the majority of its staff complement had been reporting for work since the NUM strike began this week.

Operations not affected by strike: Eskom

JOHANNESBURG – The strike by members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Eskom’s power plants has had no effect on operations, the power utility said on Thursday.

Eskom said it had a staff complement of over 47,000 workers, of which more than 45,000 employees have been reporting for work since the NUM strike began this week.

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“The majority of our employees are at work, ensuring that our operations continue as normal. Separately, the wage negotiations between Eskom and the three unions, namely NUM, Numsa and Solidarity continue today under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). Eskom is hopeful that an amicable settlement will be reached soon,” the power utility said.

NUM has vowed to intensify the strike despite a Labour Court interdict proclaiming the strike as illegal.

On Tuesday, the union announced that more than 15,000 of its members employed at Eskom would embark on a full blown strike in all nine provinces this week.

NUM’s demands include a wage increase of between 8.5 percent and 10 percent, while Eskom is currently offering between seven and nine percent.

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NUM was demanding a 10 percent increase for the lowest paid employees and 8.5 percent for the highest paid employees at Eskom, as well as a R3,000 housing allowance.

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