Medupi workers sign final written warning

2011-05-24 14:05

The scene at the Medupi power station, near Lephalale in Limpopo, was peaceful as contract workers signed a final written warning and a peace agreement today, power utility Eskom said.

“About 700 Murray and Roberts and Hitachi workers signed a final written warning and a peace agreement,” said Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe.
“We don’t want any violent protests again.”

She explained that the final written warning served to put the workers “on notice so if they do protest again they know there will be consequences”.
The peace agreement “sets out proper conduct” for the workplace, she said.

She described the site today as “quiet” and said that about 8000 workers arrived for work.

A protest by about 500 workers on May 10 led to the closure of the site after vehicles were damaged.

Limpopo police said protesters torched two buses and damaged four vehicles.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the protest was over allegations that Eskom was employing foreign experienced boilermakers and not considering the local residents for the position.

No arrests were made and no injuries were reported. 

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