Eskom workers march despite court interdict

2010-05-26 11:17

Eskom workers gathered outside Megawatt Park in Johannesburg today

to hand over a memorandum of demands, flouting a court interdict preventing

strike action.

“Unfortunately, not all the workers received the information (about

the court interdict),” said National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson

Shane Chosane.

“The workers will be marching to the main gate to present a

memorandum to Eskom management. We have asked Eskom management to receive the

memorandum... and they are going to receive the memorandum.”

An official at Eskom’s media desk said more than 20 buses had

arrived at the Megawatt Park office in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, transporting

about 1 500 workers.

Eskom was granted an eleventh-hour court interdict yesterday

evening preventing the NUM workers from going on a national strike.

Choshane said the union would now look at “further engagement” to

resolve outstanding matters.

He said weekend talks with Eskom had produced some results.

The matters discussed in an attempt to prevent the strike included

the rights of shop stewards and health and safety regulations.

Choshane said agreements were reached on these issues.

The only outstanding matter was a housing allowance for


“They want a R5000 housing allowance added to their benefits,” said


Further talks with Eskom were scheduled to take place today and

tomorrow. These would include salary negotiations for this year.


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