SOUTH AFRICA: LABOUR/SABC/13/6/18 SABANews 1
JOHANNESBURG – The NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS in SOUTH AFRICA says there will not be a total shutdown at the national power utility, ESKOM, tomorrow (THURSDAY).
However, the group says its members will still march in a mass demonstration to the company headquarters in the commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG, to hand over a memorandum.
SABC News says the Union and the NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA will hold a ONE-day-long strike against ESKOM’s refusal to increase salaries this year.
The national broadcaster says ESKOM has also appealed to its employees to return to work while the company tries to find a solution to the salary crisis.
ESKOM Chief Executive Officer PHAKAMANI HADEBE says his organisation will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its workers.
He says they have activated their emergencies and currently all power stations are operating to ensure they continue to keep the lights on.
Furthermore, they will also consider a court interdict if necessary to protect the interests of the employees and assets, as well as to further ensure the security of supply.
Mr HADEBE says he is humbly appealing to the organised labour, to ESKOM employees to return to work while the company tries to find an amicable solution to the challenge.
Meanwhile, SABC News says ESKOM cannot guarantee the lights are going to stay on in the country.
The groups representing mine workers and metal workers at ESKOM this TUESDAY said they were preparing to go the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for arbitration on the ZERO percent wage impasse with ESKOM.
The SOUTH AFRICAN public power utility, set up in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission by the apartheid government, was by 2016 employing some 47-THOUSAND-978 workers./Sabanews/cam