Eskom shutdown could lead to blackout

Striking workers intimidating non striking workers.

Eskom says it might not be able to supply electricity if striking workers do not stop preventing their non-striking colleagues from going to work.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said strikers blockaded roads around power stations and regional offices on Thursday denying non-striking workers access to their work areas.

“Intimidation and the 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.”

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He said some of the non striking workers were being intimidated even at their homes.

“Some of the workers say they have been warned at their private homes not to continue working otherwise their lives and those of their families will be in danger.”

Striking workers – affiliated to the national union of metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the national union of mineworkers (NUM) – are demanding a 15 percent salary increase and a R2 000 housing allowance.

Eskom said it was unable to offer workers any increase.

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