Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday that Eskom workers were taking the energy company after the breakup of an unprotected strike that lasted on 22 measures have resulted in Eskom bringing the country into Level 6 of load shedding from Tuesday afternoon .
Gordhan said that since the start of the winter season there has been a high demand for electricity and the strike has resulted in many power plants being out of action with up to 90% of staff unable to work due to intimidation. This affected the operations of those stations.
“This intimidation is totally unacceptable.”
Gordhan said he had received assurances that everything would be done to achieve normalcy .
“As a result of consultations between some unions and a management team at Eskom today, agreement has been reached on a collective agreement to which both parties will commit in due course.
“It was also agreed that the unions who were primarily involved in these activities will ask their members to get back to work tomorrow.”
Gordhan said what he said in the past heard this week: A number of units at both power plants were seriously affected. He said the cleanup would begin on Wednesday and where unit maintenance had been interrupted, activities would resume.
“More units will come online that have not yet been visited. Although Eskom says there will be a level 6 load shedding from 16:00, I hope that all of us who make up the Eskom community will work hard to avoid level 6 tomorrow.
“That depends on the co-operation we get from everyone involved,” Gordhan said.
In a statement on Tuesday, the National Union of Mineworkers and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA said, that a meeting was registered at Eskom on Tuesday morning Significant progress in that a new offer will be presented at the Central Negotiating Forum (CBF) on Friday.
“Since Eskom finally has agreed to return to the negotiating table and there is a new offer that will be officially presented in the CBF on Friday, the NUM and Numsa leadership call on our members at Eskom to give the negotiation process a chance,” the unions said .
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