Eskom: Operations not affected by wage strike

NUM and Eskom have been negotiating wage increases, but some employees downed tools this morning.

FILE: Eskom's Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says operations at its 27 power stations have not been affected by the start of a wage-related strike.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the state utility have been negotiating wage increases for workers, but some employees downed tools this morning after the talks deadlocked at the weekend.

Workers blocked the roads leading to the Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga today, but police were called in and the roads were cleared.

The company has warned that the strike is unprotected and insists negotiations are set to continue.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "The wage negotiations, contrary to what the NUM has been saying, have not actually collapsed. We have deadlocked and obviously it doesn't necessarily mean people have to their harden their positions suddenly. The negotiations are still open and we are going to meet again very soon."