NUMSA threatens full blown strike at Eskom's Medupi power station

MARCH 26, 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says Eskom’s illegal lockout of workers at its Medupi Power Station is provoking them to go on a full blown strike.

Close to 20 000 workers at Medupi are expected to resume work on Thursday morning after downing tools on Wednesday. However, Numsa says Eskom took a decision on Thursday to stop workers from coming to work and closing them out.

Contract workers, the majority affiliated to Numsa downed tools, are calling on Eskom to respond to a set of demands by Friday.

Speaking on the SABC's AM Live show, Head of Collective Bargaining at Numsa, Steve Nhlapo says amongst their grievances is that, Eskom and contractors are retrenching workers unprocedurally.

He also says they do not want their completion bonuses at the end of the project as it is problematic because the constructions take too long.

A full blown strike could cripple efforts to get the power station fully operational by the middle of this year. On Wednesday afternoon, Eskom implemented Stage 2 load shedding - for the second time over the past few weeks.