5,000 striking workers return to work at Medupi

Numsa members had downed tools over grievances relating to poor accommodation and bonuses.

FILE: Medupi power station.

JOHANNESBURG - More than half of the 8,000 workers who embarked on a wildcat strike seven weeks ago at power firm Eskom's Medupi plant are back at work, the state-owned firm said on Monday.

"We have 5,000 people on the ground who have been cleared who have appeared before the disciplinary committees," says spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.

"We still have about 3,000 more people who'll need to appear before the disciplinary hearing and once that process is complete things will return to normal."

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

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