NUM demonstrators to be disciplined

Eskom says disciplinary processes are in place where employees can respond to the charges against them.

NUM members protest outside Eskom offices on 4 August 2014 against essential services designation of Eskom staff. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has confirmed that employees who took part in the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)'s demonstration outside its Johannesburg headquarters earlier today will face disciplinary action.

A few dozen NUM members protested at Megawatt Park this afternoon calling for a minimum service agreement to be amended and for the board to resign.

The protest was interdicted by Eskom in the Labour Court last week because the power utility has been declared an essential service.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says disciplinary processes are in place where employees can respond to the charges against them.

At the same time, the NUM says it's determined to ensure its members at Eskom have the right to strike, saying the fact they're designated as essential services staff is illogical.

The union's general-secretary Frans Baleni has warned Eskom that its attitude towards workers could lead to an unprotected strike.