Striking Eskom workers at the Lethabo power plant in Bavaria continued their protest on Wednesday.
Lethabo is one of the six hardest-hit power plants where protests took place this week, some of which Eskom had previously said Workers have been prevented from going to work.
Striking workers speaking to TimesLIVE said the agreement reached between their unions and Eskom on Tuesday to return to the negotiating table at the central negotiating forum on Friday was not representative of an agreement on wage increases.
About 50 workers, some in Eskom-branded jackets and coveralls, braved the cold weather to gather outside the compound, chanting battle songs and chanting while on and marched off.
One electrician, who spoke to TimesLIVE on condition of anonymity for fear of harassment, said her salaries were free last year nt because Eskom took away their conditions on service benefits like promotion bonuses and the double work arrangements r Sunday, which made it difficult for them to make ends meet.
“I have two children who are very difficult to care for . Eskom has the audacity to describe us as essential workers, but when it comes to paying us, we don’t get salaries that express us as essential workers.”
The electrician, who has been with the company for more than 10 who has been with Eskom for years, said as much as she is affected by load shedding made worse by her strike, “that’s the language Eskom understands”.
Despite the protests outside, the power plant was on Wednesday in operation.
The unions said on Tuesday they had made “considerable progress” in negotiations, with the utility putting forward a new offer which the unions would respond to on Friday. They urged their members to return to work in the meantime.
However, striking workers at Lethabo said they would not return to work until an agreement was signed.
“Without a signed agreement, there is no need to end the strike,” said another electrician.
Eskom said Wednesday afternoon that while some workers had begun to return to work, “it still does There is a high level of absenteeism”.
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