Eskom workers illegally down tools

Workers are seen in front the construction site of Eskom's Medupi power station, a new dry-cooled coal fired power station, in Limpopo province, in a file photo. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Eskom has warned workers against an illegal strike. This comes after workers have not reported for duty this morning (Monday).

A large number of workers who are members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) did not report for duty this morning. NUM has around 15 000 members at Eskom, which is close to a third of its workforce.

According to Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, some workers are reported to be on strike, which is illegal as employees of Eskom are not allowed to partake in industrial actions.

“People working for Eskom are not allowed to go on strike in term of the law of the country” he explains.

Phasiwe has warned employees who are alleged to be on strike, to take note of this and return to work. He mentioned that at this stage operations at various power stations have not yet been affected. – Katleho Morapela