Unions threaten a shutdown as Eskom denies wage increase

2018-06-21 06:01

AS the South Coast community starts to recover from the water woes, due to recent labour dispute with one essential service provide, they might have to brace themselves for a deprivation of another essential service as a momentous national labour dispute brews at Eskom.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num), has threatened a complete shut down in response to Eskom’s planned zero percent salary increase this year.

NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mamburu said the unions thought Eskom’s offer was “insulting” and demanded a 15% hike.

“If the CMMA and Eskom board structure does not work, we’ll go to the Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe. If he doesn’t listen to the working class, we will go to the president of the country. If the president doesn’t come up with a solution, there’s going to be a total shutdown,” Maburu reportedly said to Eye Witness News.

Eskom however issued a statement saying that they noted the statements made by trade unions about their intentions however reminded workers that, as an essential service provider, they are not allowed to strike. ?“In an effort to ensure security of power supply, Eskom will activate its contingency measures should the industrial action take place. We will continue to provide regular updates about the state of the power system through various media platforms,” said Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.

“Eskom sympathises with its over 47 000 employees who have worked very hard to help keep the lights on during the past financial year.

“However, due to the difficult financial situation that the company currently faces, Eskom has decided to offer no salary increases this year,” said Phasiwe.

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