Eskom wins court battle against union
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ESKOM has welcomed the Constitutional Court of South Africa’s decision to dismiss an application for leave to appeal by trade union Solidarity in which the union alleged that Eskom has entered into an oral agreement with it 17 years ago.
Solidarity had alleged there had been an agreement to make a yearly once-off non-pensionable payment equal to double the basic salaries of some of the senior employees at the Koeberg power station.
In addition, the union alleged that the agreement included a system of early retirement to these employees in terms of which they would be credited with condoned service of six months service for each year served as a licensed operator, or pro rata for part thereof in addition to the 12 months ordinarily credited.
The union claimed the verbal contract was entered into in 1998.
Following a protracted 17-year legal battle between the two parties, the Constitution Court last week ruled against Solidarity, stating that “the
application should be dismissed as it bears no prospect of success.”
“Throughout all these years, Eskom’s response has always been that no agreement had been entered into, and that only proposals had been discussed between the parties,” the company stated on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the beleaguered company said it would implement load shedding on Thursday.
“This is due to a shortage of generating capacity as several units are currently out of service due to maintenance,” the company said.
– CAJ News
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