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NUM vows to continue strike until Eskom meets demands

About 15,000 Eskom workers belonging to the NUM have downed tools today despite a court interdict.

FILE: Eskom workers demand better wages. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says thousands of Eskom workers will continue to strike until their demands have been met.

About 15,000 Eskom workers belonging to the NUM have downed tools today despite a court interdict by the power utility.

Representatives from the NUM, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and Solidarity are currently in wage negotiations with Eskom managers.

NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu says they are demanding a 10 percent increase in wages for workers.

"We are demanding 8.5 percent for the high paid employees, 10 percent for the lowest paid employees and a housing allowance of R3,000."

Maburu says they hope the meeting with Eskom will be successful for the workers.

"We are hoping to get a better revised offer so that we can go forward with what is happening right now."

ESKOM CONFIDENT OPERATIONS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says only a few employees have downed tools at its power stations across the country and operations have not been affected.

This morning some employees tried to block the entrances at power stations in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal but police were called to the scene and contained the situation.

"The majority of employees are at work. Generally, across the nations, we have pockets of people who are picketing or protesting near our facilities - but the movement of people in and outside the facilities is not inhibited at all."