Eskom warns wage talks could result in disruptions, potential power cuts

On Tuesday, Eskom is heading to the central bargaining forum to discuss possible wage increases with The National Union of Mineworkers, The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Solidarity.

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Johannesburg on 12 March 2015. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom on Friday warned that wage talks with its employees next week could result in a rise in tensions, which could escalate disruptions to operations and ultimately impact South Africa's electricity supply.

On Tuesday, Eskom is heading to the central bargaining forum to discuss possible wage increases with the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Solidarity.

The power utility said that it would be approaching the talks in good faith with the best interest of the company, employees, and the country at heart.

Eskom is already appealing to workers to respect the law and put the country's interests first during these wage talks.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: "We would like to appeal to all the parties to the talks to conduct themselves in a manner that puts respect for the law, the best interests of the country, and its citizens first; and to do everything possible to avoid any unnecessary disturbances. This is particularly crucial because Eskom is, by law, providing a critical, essential service."

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