Eskom Averts Extended Stage 6 Loadshedding by Striking a Deal with Labour Unions

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  • Following a productive meeting earlier today between Eskom and union leadership, Eskom has confirmed that it has agreed in-principle with the recognised labour unions on the way forward in the wage talks on Friday at the Central Bargaining Forum.
  • Following this agreement, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) whose members make up the majority of Eskom’s unionised workforce,  have urged their members to return to work immediately.
  • Eskom was forced to impliment stage 6 loadshedding amid violent labour protests earlier today. Read more

The state owned energy utility has appealed to all of its employees to return to their workstations immediately to relieve the pressure on the system and to deliver the service the people of South Africa expect from Eskom, and to assist in restoring generation performance impacted by the strike.

“We also wish to thank the members of the South African Police Services who played a key role in ensuring that disruptions of law and order were minimised at power stations during the strike”, the utility said in a statement.

“It is important to note that while the workforce might have returned to work by tomorrow, the system will still take some time to recover. As a result of the strike, maintenance work has had to be postponed, and this backlog will take time to clear,” Eskom added in their statement.

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