BBC News – Eskom workers strike despite court ruling

_75996135_eskomEskom workers strike despite court ruling

By Adrienne MurrayBBC News, Johannesburg

2 July 2014 Last updated at 13:30

South Africa’s largest union is going ahead with plans to picket the country’s main energy supplier.

This is despite a court order barring it from undertaking strike action at the firm.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) went on strike on Tuesday to demand higher wages.

Part of the demand is a pay increase for staff at the state-funded energy utility Eskom, where NUMSA has around 10,000 members.

About 600 Eskom employees were estimated to be picketing the company on Wednesday.

Eskom provides the vast majority of South Africa’s electricity and is deemed an essential service, therefore any strike is illegal.

On Tuesday afternoon, South Africa’s labour court ruled that NUMSA would not be permitted to strike at any of Eskom’s 

http://m.bbc.com/news/business-28123907

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