Eskom sub-contracted workers in limbo

eNCA's Nqobile Madlala spoke to affected workers in Mpumalanga. Courtesy of #DStv403

WITBANK - Duvha power station ran short of manpower on Monday as some sub-contracted workers protested outside from the crack of dawn. 

This in solidarity with sub-contracted workers from cleaning company Beehive, who have been left in limbo after Lahleni Investments took over.

The new service provider has allegedly failed to absorb the workers as per a previous agreement with Eskom.

Almost 200 workers have been affected, most of them women.

READ: Disgruntled workers protest outside Eskom offices in Mpumalanga

For the past week, they have slept on the lawn in the hope that Eskom will intervene but instead, they allegedly witnessed the new employees being driven in.

Other workers say they haven't even been paid for the previous month and what's more, they don't even know their employer.

Meanwhile, the former Beehive employees say when they met with the new employer, they were met with hostility and told their rates would be dropped.

A statement from Eskom says the former Beehive workers rejected the offer from Lahleni Investments because of the lower wage.


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