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"We will not work until this is done" - Eskom workers blows hot on South Africans

MPUMALANGA - Workers at the Matla Power Station, who are employed by Eskom, are demanding a raise in pay. Despite Eskom's installation of Stage 6 loadshedding, the workers insist they would not return to work until their demands are met.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) is demanding a 15% raise for its members, while the power company is only willing to give them a 7% raise. Nkosinathi Sithole, chair of the union's chapter, told SABC News that Eskom is treating them like "sub-humans" and that the situation is out of control. If their demands are not addressed, according to Num, the workers will not come back to work.

On the other hand, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan blamed Stage 6 loadshedding on an illegal strike. The strikers' threats, he claimed, had plunged the country into night.

According to Gordhan, the intimidation is to blame for the current state of affairs in the country and must stop. According to EWN's reporting, he was assured that everything possible will be done to restore energy service across the country.

Those who have taken to social media to voice their displeasure with the strike have demanded an end to it.


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