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South Africa’s Eskom says can’t meet union

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By James Macharia

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) South African power utility cheap Canada Goose Parkas Eskom said on Wednesday it cannot afford demands sought by unions, adding canada goose factory sale to fears of a strike that could disrupt power uk canada goose outlet supply during the soccer World Cup.

The company biggest union said Canada Goose sale it had issued a strike notice to the firm, canada goose store and a second union said on Wednesday it would join the strike after its members rejected a new pay offer from the firm.

cannot afford that as a company, Chief canada goose black friday sale Executive Officer Brian Dames of state owned Eskom said of the union demands. offer we have put on the table is fair and it is reasonable.

He added that a strike could disrupt supply if it lasts for more than a few days, and Eskom would take disciplinary measures against anyone who participates in strikes it considers illegal.

A spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers, Lesiba Seshoka, said the union which represents canada goose uk shop half the firm 32,000 employees had issued Eskom with notice of Canada Goose Jackets its planned strike.

have issued a notice to Eskom, giving them more than the 48 hours required by law, Seshoka told Reuters. cannot as yet disclose the date of the strike, which will be next week, but we will inform the public as buy canada goose jacket soon as we finish planning the Canada Goose Outlet logistics uk canada goose for the work stoppage.

Sources close to the talks said informal negotiations were still under way, however.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa Canada Goose online (Numsa) said its members had also rejected Eskom latest offer and would join the NUM in the planned strike. have rejected the offer, and there will be mass action next week.

DISRUPTION Any power disruption could harm manufacturing and mining companies canada goose clearance sale in canada goose coats on sale the world top platinum and fourth largest gold producer possibly forcing them to curtail operations canada goose clearance and pushing up precious metals prices.

It could also embarrass the country and cheap canada goose uk anger fans during the World Canada Goose Parka Cup, which ends on July 11. Stadiums canada goose uk black friday are equipped with their own power generators but millions of fans watching canada goose from home on TV could potentially be affected.

unions canada goose coats are prepared to fight it out. I do think that management will fold. Management will be under enormous pressure from the government and elsewhere, said Nic Borain, an independent political buy canada goose jacket cheap analyst.

Seshoka said Eskom had offered Canada Goose Online an 8.5 percent pay rise and 1,000 rand per month housing allowance, which was turned down by the NUM members. The NUM has been seeking a 9 percent wage raise cheap Canada Goose and an allowance of 2,500 rand.

Eskom human resources managing director, Bhabhalazi Bulunga, said it was unlikely the union would strike.

next process is to go to arbitration, there is no room for industrial action because this is an essential service and the parties are not far canada goose uk outlet from each other, he told Reuters.

will be an illegal strike. We also have a court interdict in Canada Goose Coats On Sale force to prevent such action, he said in reference to a court order obtained by Eskom in May preventing canadian goose jacket a similar strike threatened by the NUM.