Eskom says operations currently unaffected by NUM wage strike

AUGUST 8, 2016

Eskom, which on Monday celebrated one year without having to implement load shedding, says its operations have not been affected by an illegal strike action at three of its power stations.

Workers alligned with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUMdowned tools on Monday after wage talks between the union and the state-run power utility deadlocked over the weekend.

NUM has around 15 000 members at Eskom's 27 power stations - close to a third of its workforce, and more strikes are expected at more power stations.

"We'll continue to monitor the situation," Eskom said, after branding the stoppage illegal.

The power utility is offering pay hikes of 7 to 9 percent while the NUM is looking for increases ranging from 12 to 13 percent.