Hundreds of Eskom employees could face dismissal after embarking on a wild cat strike on Monday.
The workers belong to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is a majority union at Eskom.
The NUM and Eskom management are at loggerheads over wage increases.
The union is demanding a 13 %wage increase while Eskom is offering 7%.
NUM says about 2 200 of its members have heeded its call to strike.
Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, says “We are just hoping that people who have heeded the call by NUM do realise that one of the harshest measures that could be taken by a company would be to dismiss them. But we will cross that bridge when we get there. So far our teams are still collating the figures to see who is on leave and who is not here. Those who were not here today would have to account as to where they were on this day.”
The union has vowed to defend their members.
“The situation is that it might get worse on Wednesday. All our regions have indicated an intention to participate. Let us state categorically clear that there would be no dismissals. We will defend them with all that we have to make sure that such members are not dismissed. According to us we don’t see anything wrong with people who stand up and fight for their rights,” says NUM’s energy sector co-ordinator, Paris Mashego.