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Eskom strike: Eskom gets interdict, suspends three senior managers at Koeberg Power Station

Aug 10, 2016
Eskom strike: Eskom gets interdict, suspends three senior managers at Koeberg Power Station

Power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday morning announced that it had obtained an emergency court interdict against full blown strike at its power stations after wage negotiations between the parastatal and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) deadlocked.

While Eskom argues that the strike, which began in earnest on Monday is illegal as power supply is an essential service, NUM leaders are adamant that the right to protest, when all negotion has failed, is enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic, which is by any means the ultimate law of the land.

All NUM affliated Eskom workers - around 15 000, which is about a third of its workforce, were expected to down tools at all 27 power stations.

According to Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, the court interdict, which was obtained on Tuesday evening, also prohibits the workers from picketing or from marching or protesting.

"Any sort of action that they are planning to is illegal and therefore law enforcement agencies will be ready to deal with the situation as it arrives,” Phasiwe told the SABC.

Eskom suspends three senior managers at the Koeberg Power Station

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Eskom announced that it has placed the Koeberg Power Station Manager and the Plant Manager on precautionary suspension as a result of the distribution of documentation containing unauthorised facts and assumptions relating to Koeberg’s Production Plan and in particular, the steam generator replacement.

"The potential prejudice caused to Eskom by the unauthorised actions of the suspended personnel, is currently being assessed," the utility said.

"In an unrelated incident, a drone crashed on the Koeberg site in contravention of the nuclear safety regulations and was returned to its owner without the investigation having been completed.

"Eskom has subsequently suspended the Koeberg Safety officer as a precautionary measure to fully investigate the incident. The matter has also been reported to the SAPS as Koeberg is a National Key Point."