Strike continues at Eskom subsidiary

2016-07-14 14:50
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Protesters at Eskom subsidiary Rotek sang loudly outside the gates of the company's Rosherville operations on Thursday as a strike over performance bonuses continued.

"There is a meeting happening," said one of the protesters hopefully, as his colleagues sang behind him.

Between 2 000 and 3 000 unionised employees at the company near Germiston, in Gauteng, downed tools on Monday, demanding that they receive a performance bonus, even though they had not met their targets.

Their counterparts at the holding company received bonuses, which they say is unfair.

READ: Workers at Eskom subsidiary down tools over bonuses

One worker said that in 2015 they had done well and that the holding company had done badly, but that employees at both companies had received performance bonuses. The employees at Rotek belong to the National Union of Mineworkers and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said on Wednesday that there were certain targets set for everyone in the financial year, in order to qualify for bonuses, but Rotek Industries did not meet its targets.

On Thursdsay, the company's media desk said management was meeting with unions in an effort to resolve the matter amicably and speedily.

A protester said that the company had locked them out, but that there had been no incidents or clashes with the police who were on hand.

The company repairs transformers.

Eskom stated proudly on Monday that it had not had load shedding for 11 months.

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