JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's power utility on Thursday warned that the supply of electricity was disrupted by the industrial action by its employees.
Over 25,000 Eskom employees on Thursday picketed at Eskom power stations over salary disagreements. The workers affiliated to the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) and National Union of Mine workers (Num) are demanding a 15-percent hike across the board.
Eskom said they could not award salary increase to its employees due to the bad financial position of the company.
"The generation and distribution of electricity across Eskom's network is constrained today (Thursday) due to the acts of sabotage and intimidation that characterize the current industrial action by members of the trade unions," said Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom spokesperson.
"There have been several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and willful damage of electricity infrastructure," he said.
Phasiwe said the power utility had to stop the delivery of coal by roads for security reasons.