Wage talks between Eskom and unions are due to resume on Tuesday in Woodmead, north of Johannesburg. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), NUMSA and Solidarity are expected to take part.
The NUM has said there will not be a total shutdown at Eskom on Thursday, however its members will still march in a mass demonstration to the company’s headquarters in Johannesburg to hand over a memorandum.
No large-scale electricity outages are expected today or tomorrow, despite social media messages to this effect that are being widely circulated.
The National Union of Mineworkers and Numsa are demanding a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe and the Eskom Board. Last week, Eskom tabled a zero-percent wage increase, with unions demanding 15 per cent.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has walked out of the second round of wage negotiations with Eskom, accusing the power utility of displaying a hostile attitude towards workers.
A total of 27 mineworkers have died since the beginning of this year, which has raised questions about safety in mines.
Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Deputy General Secretary, Solly Phetoe, will on Thursday visit the families of six mineworkers who died when a bus was petrol bombed at Driekop near Burgersfort in Limpopo.
NUM says workers of the Gupta linked Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga will not return to work until all the workers have been paid their salaries.
Two mineworkers who were rescued Thursday night after being trapped underground at AngloGold’s Ashanti’s Mponeng mine near Caltonville west of Johannesburg are reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.
JB Marks was a member of the ANC, a trade unionist and a Marxist-Leninist during a very critical period in the history of the country.