Eskom denies Medupi job cuts

2012-09-11 17:09

Johannesburg - Eskom on Tuesday denied planning to retrench 17 000 contracted workers at its Medupi power plant in Limpopo.

"This is not correct," spokesperson Hilary Joffe said.

"There are currently more than 17 000 workers on site at Medupi and [there is] a great deal more work to do to complete the power station project, which is due to be completed only in 2017."

Earlier, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Limpopo said the power utility was planning to retrench 17 000 workers in the next few months.

Provincial secretary Kushca Tlhoaela described this as "the largest single retrenchment in the post-apartheid South Africa".

Last week, about 600 Eskom employees, contracted by Murray & Roberts Construction and Grinaker-LTA, who were due to lose their jobs, embarked on a violent protest at Medupi. They damaged several vehicles and some equipment.

Murray & Roberts said the workers had been informed of the demobilising plan. Although the protest was contained, all the workers were sent home as a precautionary measure on the day.

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  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-11 17:16

    It baffles me why a project like this needs 17,000 workers, let alone need to talk of retrenching them. I wonder how many of them are ghosts?

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-11 17:30

    Cosatu this Cosatu that. They should for a change rather tell their bladdy people to stop striking and to start work for a change. They can only comment on throw around snotty remarks the whole day but they achieve nothing and ads no value to anything they do or say. They are a waist of breath and an embarrassment to our country.

  • edith.mabitsela - 2012-09-11 17:35

    So there'll be more protests...let's hope it doesn't turn out the Marikana way

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-11 18:10

    whose going to operate the treadmill generator if they do this?

  • Marilyn.Geminikitty - 2012-09-11 18:43

    Are we sure this is not a ploy to eventually get a mass strike for the miners?

      juannepierre - 2012-09-12 05:03

      Well cosatu should be careful, Julius will take these guys too.

  • pawel.poniatowski.3 - 2012-09-11 18:45

    just like absa denied their job cuts ???

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-11 19:04

    There must be some truth behind this, every industry is shedding jobs and its getting scarey.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-11 22:11

      Another form of load shedding

      jerolan.gengiah - 2012-09-12 12:01

      No truth. only 600 at the moment. Cosatu is just stirring at the moment. There is still a long way to finish the project so definately no large scale demob. Unless of course Eskom abandon the project

  • Nathan - 2012-09-11 21:57

    Ive decided to engage at a consultant level permanently.. all "employees" are external consultants who invoice me for their efforts. Commission only. guess its finally come to output based employment... no work.. starve! my company has almost no overheads...

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-12 05:02

    I'm confused, don't contractural jobs usually come to an end? The education in this country is astonishing.

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