Eskom power stations facing blockages as workers picket

JOHANNESBURG-  CEO Phakamani Hadebe said they have put contingency measures in place, private security has been stationed at their headquarters during striking workers picket on Thursday.

Several unions are expected to march to Megawatt Park later on Thursday to hand over a memorandum.

Hadebe said, “We’ve a team here of emergency response command centre, this is made of staff members. But over and above that, should it comes to that, we also have technical response team that will see to it that nothing is damaged and the assets that belong to this country and Eskom are guarded and are safe.”

NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu, said on Wednesday night that police fired rubber bullets to disperse workers who gathered outside the power stations in Kendal, Thuthuka, Hendrina and Arnot.

“The police are intimidating the workers, in what is an attempt to prevent the picket, one employee was shot in the eye by a rubber bullet outside Arnot power station.”

“The workers will be joining the picket despite the threats, they are determined to make our voices heard”  he said.

Eskom said that they will not be increasing any staff wages this year after they plan to cut costs to save the parastatal, Eskom says they simply have no money.

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