Strikes at Eskom threaten World Cup power supply

City A.M. Reporter
A UNION representing thousands of workers at South African utility Eskom has won the right to begin a strike, which could disrupt power supply and hurt industry and mines during the Soccer World Cup.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it had been granted a certificate of non-resolution of the wage dispute with Eskom, which under the country’s laws allows the union to start a strike if its members agree.

NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said Eskom had called for a crisis meeting which was currently taking place. A stoppage could severely affect manufacturing and mining in Africa’s biggest economy.

Analysts see the threat of a strike as a union negotiating tool and do not expect the labour action to go ahead in Africa’s biggest economy.