Eskom calls on workers to come back to work.

Lindelani Mbatha

Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe has urged all Eskom employees to return to work.

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are protesting at several Eskom power plants.

The unions want Eskom to award salary increases of around 15 percent but the utility has said it will not increase wages this year as it seeks to cut staff costs.

Hadebe says they have activated their contingencies to make sure that all their power stations are operating.

" we remain disturbed by the treats of industrial action but we will continue to defend the assets that belong to the state so any action that will sabotage this asset will be defended however, 

I want to emphasise it in all our interest to ensure that we resolve this matter as professionally as amicable as possible, we are open as Eskom to any efforts that will avert a negative impact of this industrial action 

given of course the strategic role that Eskom play in a South African economy in fact not just in in a South African economy in a continent as such" Hadebe ended

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