No end in sight for Medupi strike

Eskom says workers didn't arrive to work on Thursday because they were intimidated.

FILE: Medupi Power Station in Limpopo. Picture: iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - Operations at the beleaguered Medupi Power Station in Limpopo are limited with no clear indication at this stage as to when the strike will end.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members have downed tools over grievances relating to poor accommodation and bonuses.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says many workers didn't arrive to work on Thursday, mainly because they were intimidated.

"We will have to see how the situation unfolds but on our side we are expecting people to be back at their posts. But if the action by Numsa continues, their actions will have an impact in terms of other people coming to work."

Numsa workers were barred from entering the power station earlier this month.

Unit six at the power station is supposed to go online by the middle of the year, but it's unclear if this labour action will delay the efforts to generate electricity in the near future.