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Eskom obtains court interdict preventing strike action

Power utility, Eskom, has obtained a court interdict prohibiting employees belonging to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from embarking on a strike, it said on Wednesday, 10 August 2016.
Eskom obtains court interdict preventing strike action
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“We obtained the interdict last night and it essentially prohibits unions from going on strike,” Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told SAnews.

This as workers belonging to NUM, which is the biggest labour union at the utility, were reported to go on an illegal strike from today.

“There’s no reason or need to panic, operations at Eskom will continue,” said Phasiwe.

The union was originally demanding a 13% wage increase, which has to date been revised to 10%. Eskom, meanwhile, is presenting an increase of between 7 and 9%.

“Despite the court interdict, the Labour Relations Act prohibits people who work for companies like Eskom, from going on strike,” added Phasiwe.

Of its 47,000 total staff complement Eskom employs 15,000 workers affiliated to the NUM. The other unions recognised at the power utility are the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity.

Eskom is due to meet with the union later this morning to try and resolve the impasse.

In June, Eskom announced that it has presented a 7% salary increase across the board for its employees.

Wage negotiations with the unions commenced in May 2016.

SOURCE is a South African government news service, published by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). (formerly BuaNews) was established to provide quick and easy access to articles and feature stories aimed at keeping the public informed about the implementation of government mandates.

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