Eskom wage protests threaten South African power supply


About 1 000 union members picketed Eskom’s headquarters on Thursday in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped South African utility’s ability to deliver power.

There have been no reports of outages in Africa’s most industrialised economy, but Eskom said that some plants had cut output, with shortages more likely now during peak winter demand.

Labour unions have threatened a “total shutdown” of Eskom’s operations if it does not meet their demands for a 15% increase in salaries.

The pickets come a day after protests at about 10 Eskom power plants forced the utility to switch off some generating units because trucks carrying coal and buses ferrying staff were blocked from entering.

Eskom, which produces more than 90% of South Africa’s power, narrowly avoided a liquidity…

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