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Eskom prepares to break deadlock in wage talks

The strike has intensified as more employees have threatened to join the industrial action.

Eskom’s Hendrina Power Station in Mpumalanga. Picture: eskom.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it will be engaging in a second round of negotiations with its employees after initial talks reached a deadlock.

Hundreds of workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) downed tools yesterday, with more employees threatening to join the industrial action.

They are demanding wage increases of between 12 and 13 percent while the power utility is offering a 7 to 9% hike.

Eskom has warned that none of its employees are legally permitted to go on strike and says ope rations have not been disrupted by the stay-away.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says: "Because we are still negotiating we are hopeful that very soon we will get a date from the CCMA so that we can resolve this matter because the country cannot afford a situation where you have instability within the electricity sector and also the petroleum sector at the same time."

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