South African Labor Unions Picket Eskom Office In Wage Dispute


JOHANNESBURG – Hundreds of union members picketed outside the headquarters of Eskom on Thursday because of a wage dispute which has hurt the cash-strapped South African power utility’s ability to deliver electricity to Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Labor unions, angered by Eskom’s failure to raise salaries as it embarks on a cost-cutting drive, have threatened a “total shutdown” of Eskom’s operations if the utility does not cede to their demands to raise salaries by 15 percent.

The pickets come a day after protests at around 10 Eskom power plants forced the state-owned firm to switch off some generating units because trucks carrying coal and busses ferrying staff were blocked by picketing workers from entering the plants. [nL8N1TF4KA]

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