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Solidarity2Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Monday declared a dispute with state-owned power utility Eskom.  Solidarity, as well as fellow unions Numsa and NUM, are extremely dissatisfied with Eskom’s offer of a 0% wage increase.  

The union intends to hand over memorandums at several Eskom workplaces in the coming week.  Solidarity deputy general secretary Deon Reyneke said they planned to conduct their protest actions in such a way as to legally subject Eskom to maximum pressure without disrupting the nation’s power grid and the economy.  “However, employees cannot be expected to fund Eskom’s poor financial management, corruption and the plundering of the [controversial] Guptas and their cronies through a 0% wage increase,” he warned.  Solidarity said it was of the view that Eskom had been reckless in the way it negotiated and it should come up with a new offer for employees, without delays.

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