Solidarity: 3,400 white Eskom staffers face retrenchments

Solidarity says 3,400 white employees will lose their jobs if Eskom is serious about its ‘race targets’.

FILE: Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said if Eskom was serious about reaching its "race targets" it meant up to 3,400 white employees would lose their jobs.

This is reportedly part of a plan to reflect the national demographic by 2020.

In weekend reports labour analyst Jan de Lange reflected this saying over 1,000 white engineers may lose their jobs as a result.

Eskom has denied job cuts, saying all skills were needed at the moment.

Solidarity's Piet le Roux said in terms of the electricity crisis, race shouldn't be a factor at the moment.

"It's absurd to suggest as they did in their latest employment equity plans that they have 3,400 white employees too many. If Eskom is serious that it wants to achieve these targets, then it is serious that it regards race as more important than keeping the lights on."

Eskom, in the meantime, said while there was no intention to implement rolling blackouts over the next few days, the situation was being monitored closely.