Eskom fires 1 000 workers
JOHANNESBURG — About 1 000 workers at the construction site of South Africa’s Eskom Medupi power plant have been fired for vandalizing property during this week’s oneday strike, the power utility’s spokesman said on Friday.
About 21 000 contract workers went on a one-day strike on Wednesday over poor living conditions and seeking higher pay.
“Some of the workers have re- ceived text messages for them not to come today, they have been fired,” Khulu Phasiwe told Reuters, adding that they were not Eskom’s employees but belonged to firms contracted to build the plant.
Murray & Roberts ( MURJ.J) and Actom, a unit of France’s Alstom SA (ALSO.PA), are some of the companies building the coalfired power plant.