SolidarityEWN reports that according to trade union Solidarity, Eskom left the early stages of wage talks with it and workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) prematurely.

After an unprotected strike at several of its power stations, the struggling state-owned power utility announced on Wednesday morning that many employees were peacefully returning to work with no reports of industrial action. Solidarity's deputy general secretary, Helgard Cronjé, reported that Eskom approached them to participate in wage negotiations from Friday going forward. “We agreed to it, and we view it as a positive step that NUM and Numsa have agreed to return to the negotiating table with Eskom on Friday. Otherwise, we would have probably still experienced these unprotected protest and strike actions.” Cronjé reiterated that the trade union did not support the latest industrial action at some of the utility's power stations and called on its members not to participate. In a statement, the utility said any new wage offer would be made public when negotiations resumed on Friday.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kevin Brandt at EWN

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