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eskomBusinessLive reports that alternative plans have been made by Eskom to keep the lights on across the country as the power utility’s workers plan to embark on potentially disruptive pickets this week.  

The state-owned company said on Tuesday it would "activate" its contingency measures in the case of industrial action, but it did not say what these measures were.  This followed the collapse of wage negotiations, with the company saying it has no resources to hike wages at all in the face of union demands of 15% to 9%.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) put on a united front on Tuesday, detailing their fight-back plan.  Trade union Solidarity, which is also recognised at Eskom, last week declared a dispute over the failed wage negotiations.  Numsa and the NUM have followed suit.  Eskom employees are considered "essential services" and cannot embark on industrial action.  Numsa’s Irvin Jim said:  "We will exhaust all options available to us legally before resorting to go on strike.  We have scheduled pickets during lunchtime in different parts of the country where workers will demonstrate their disgust with Eskom for their provocative stance."  The two unions called on the government to do "everything" to ensure the cash-strapped utility was resourced to increase employees’ wages or "the lights will switch off".

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, When days are dark, friends are few – especially if you’re Eskom, at The Citizen
  • And also, Eskom unions willing to negotiate before strike, at Fin24


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