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. 

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.