Eskom "cautiously optimistic" strike will end

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said a meeting will take place today between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the power utility to "meet halfway" to discuss the wage dispute.

Phasiwe said contingency measures are in place but he couldn't divulge details as previously workers have been intimidated and even killed.

We shouldn't be in the situation we're in now. The latest bit of information we have from NUM is that they initially wanted 12 to 13 percent (increase) and they are now demanding between 8 and 10 percent.

Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesman

Eskom upped their initial offer of 5 to 7 percent with the latest offer of 7 to 9 percent.

Speaking to Nikiwe Bikitsha (standing in for John Robbie), that workers at Eskom are not allowed to strike as they form part of an essential service.

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