No need for panic yet about coal sector strike: Eskom

OCTOBER 5, 2015

Eskom says there is no need for panic yet after over 30 000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the coal sector downed tools on Sunday evening following the failure of wage negotiations.

The power utility said its each coal-fired power stations have over 30 days of coal in reserves for power generation.

However, only if the strike extends to over two months will Eskom be affected. It hoped the NUM and the Chamber of Mines will find each other before the strike becomes protracted.

Coal mine workers, mostly in the Mpumalanga province, want at least a R1 000 increases for categories 4 to 8, which would mean an increase of about 13% or 14%.

The NUM said that the channels of communication is always open for negotiations with mine owners.

Anglo Coal and Glencore are offering the lowest paid workers an increment of 8.5% and for artisans, miners and officials 7%. Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga is offering 8% for the lowest category and 7.5% for the artisans, miners and officials.

Kangra is offering 7.5% for the lowest category and 7% for the artisans, miners and officials. Koornfontein mine and Delmas are offering 5% for all categories. Msobo Mine is offering 7% for the lowest category and 5% for the artisans, miners and officials.

"The load shedding probability for today remains low. Only 2 hours and 20 minutes of load shedding has been implemented in the past 57 days," Eskom also said.