A notice against working during the Eskom "shut down" on Thursday at one of the power stations. (PIC: Khulu Phasiwe: Twitter)

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Mpumalanga power stations worst affected by labour strife – Eskom

JOHANNESBURG, June 14 – Eskom said on Thursday that its power stations in Mpumalanga, including Hendrina, Camden, Kendal, and Arnot, had been worst-affected by the industrial action.

This as the power utility warned that the generation and distribution of electricity across its network was constrained on Thursday due to acts of alleged sabotage and intimidation that have characterized the current industrial action by members of the trade unions.

“There have been several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and wilful damage of electricity infrastructure. As a result, all road coal deliveries have been stopped for security reasons. The safety of all our employees is of paramount importance to us during this time,” Eskom said.

Trade unions at Eskom are currently engaged in a shut down of operations and are picketing at the utility’s power stations and at headquarters in Megawatt Park over a wage dispute. Workers are demanding salary increments of up to 15 percent while Eskom is offering none.

Eskom said on Wednesday it was considering seeking a court interdict to secure power supply as the labour action continues.

Eskom warned that some of its power stations were at risk due to alleged intimidation of workers who want to go to work while others are engaged in a “shutdown” of the power utility over a wage dispute.

“Intimidation and road blockades are rife at most of Eskom’s power stations and regional offices this morning, a move that might compromise Eskom’s ability to keep the lights on. Eskom will continue to provide regular updates on various media platforms,” Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe said.

“Eskom cannot guarantee a secure electricity supply as workers embark on illegal industrial action and planned lunchtime pickets this week. The situation is actually deteriorating very rapidly. People are blockading roads to power stations. Six power stations are at risk.”

Trade unions at Eskom are currently engaged in a shut down of operations, including at the utility’s headquarters in Megawatt Park, over a wage dispute. Workers are demanding salary increments of up to 15 percent while Eskom is offering none.

Eskom said on Wednesday it was considering seeking a court interdict to secure power supply as the labour action continues. ANA

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