Power utility Eskom says it has skilled protests at 9 of its power stations and different working services over the previous 24 hours, by some of its workers who’ve launched into unprotected strike action following a impasse in wage negotiations on Tuesday.
These protests included incidents of intimidation of working workers and blockading of roads resulting in power stations and different services, inhibiting the free move of personnel and commodities required for the era of electrical energy and clean operations, the group stated.
“The increased unavailability of plant has necessitated an extensive usage of emergency generation reserves, which are depleting faster than can be replenished,” Eskom stated.
“Eskom cautions the public that should these criminal acts of intimidation persist or spread, this would increase the risk of operational disturbances and the implementation of load shedding at higher stages. Ahead of these disturbances, the power system had already been under considerable strain for a while, with stage 2 load shedding currently being implemented.”
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— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 24, 2022
The group stated that the availability of electrical energy is a vital service wherein industrial action will not be permitted. “The free movement of personnel and transportation of commodities in and out of power stations are essential to ensure smooth operations and to limit load shedding to current levels and below,” it stated.
Whereas exploring doable options to unlock the impasse on the wage talks, Eskom stated it has reported these acts of illegality to the South African Police Service and requested the help of the SAPS and different safety companies in restoring order.
“Eskom will continue to closely monitor the situation and promptly communicate any developments should the need arise,” it stated.