South African court forbids electricity workers' strike as World Cup nears (2)

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Another NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka was not surprised by the interdict "because Eskom always hides behind its status as the essential service".

He said the union would inform our members of the interdict and tell them no to go on an illegal strike.

Howeve, Eskom "will have to deal with its angry employees if they decide not to listen to us," he said.

Eskom said it held discussions with NUM leaders last week and discussed three issues in particular -- full-time safety representatives, the recognition agreement and a housing allowance.

Choshane earlier told SAPA that union members had indicated they "cannot sit for 2010 negotiations as previous issues have not been resolved yet".

He said issues related to a strike last year, which was suspended to start negotiations with management, were still unresolved.

Therefore NUM's 18 percent wage increase demand was not even a consideration for the strike.

"It is impossible to approach Eskom on any issue, because all they say is that they are essential services and they are not allowed to strike," Choshane said.

Source:Xinhua


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