July 30, 2018 / 6:38 AM / 18 days ago

Eskom workers down tools at several South Africa power stations: union source

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Workers at several power stations operated by South Africa’s Eskom have downed tools after an impasse over wages, a union source told Reuters on Monday.

Cash-strapped Eskom, which provides virtually all of South Africa’s power, angered unions in June when it said it could not afford pay increases. That triggered protests which led to a spate of controlled blackouts in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

The company is currently locked in wage negotiations with the unions.

Reporting by Ed Stoddard; writing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; editing by Jason Neely

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