The strike by members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Eskom’s power plants has had no effect on operations, the power utility said on Thursday.
Eskom said it had a staff complement of more than 47 000 workers, of which more than 45 000 employees have been reporting for work since the NUM strike began this week.
“The majority of our employees are at work, ensuring that our operations continue as normal. Separately, the wage negotiations between Eskom and the three unions, namely NUM, Numsa and Solidarity, continue today under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). Eskom is hopeful that an amicable settlement will be reached soon,” the power utility said.
NUM has vowed to intensify the strike despite a Labour Court interdict proclaiming the strike as illegal. On Tuesday, the union announced that more than 15 000 of its members employed at Eskom would embark on a full-blown strike in all nine provinces this week.
NUM’s demands include a wage increase of between 8.5% and 10%, while Eskom is currently offering between 7% and 9%.
NUM was demanding a 10% increase for the lowest paid employees and 8.5% for the highest paid employees at Eskom, as well as a R3 000 housing allowance.
– African News Agency (ANA)