Eskom says all power stations and operations not affected by NUM wage strike

AUGUST 11, 2016

While the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) claiming that its members were fired on by the police while protesting “peacefully” at the Hendrina Power station in Mpumalanga, Eskom on Thursday said that its power stations and operations have not been adversely affected by the NUM strike.

“Eskom has a staff complement of over 47 000 workers, of which more than 45 000 employees have been reporting for work since the beginning of the NUM’s illegal strike action. The majority of our employees are at work, ensuring that our operations continue as normal,” the power utility said.

“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 unions’ demands include a wage increase of between 12% and 13%, and Eskom is currently offering between 7% and 9% increase.”

Eskom said that there is currently no Minimum Service Agreement in place for Eskom employees.

“As an Essential Service, all Eskom employees are prohibited from engaging in any form of industrial action, including stay-away action and any other action that retards or obstructs Eskom’s operations,” the utility said. 

“Any such industrial action that may occur is unprotected. Therefore, any employee that participates in such action would be carrying out an act of misconduct, and disciplinary action will be instituted against him/her.”