Electricity power lines and cooling towers at Eskom’s Kendal coal-fired power station in Delmas, Mpumalanga. Photographer: Nadine Hutton/Bloomberg

Johannesburg - Labour union Solidarity plans to approach the Labour Court on Friday to force Eskom to revoke its employment equity plan because the union claims it was not consulted. 

Solidarity said the power utility had implemented its employment equity plan, which will be enforce until 2020, without following due processes such as consulting all trade unions before implantation.

It said on Wednesday that such a plan would negatively affect its members’ job opportunities within the company.

“Eskom did not consult with Solidarity beforehand as stipulated in the Employment Equity Act, therefore Eskom and Solidarity could not come to an agreement with regard to the numerical targets contained in the employment equity plan,” Solidarity’s Anton Van der Bijl said.

This is not the first time that the union has approached the court with regards to the government’s employment equity plans.

For years, it has continuously taken the Police Ministry to court over its equity plans, and recently won a Constitutional Court case against the Department of Correctional Services.

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The Concourt ruled in June last year, that the Department of Correctional Services had unfairly discriminated against coloured employees in the Western Cape on the basis of its employment equity plan.  

“Although Solidarity tried to contact Eskom on many occasions with regard to the plan, the trade union’s issues and questions have remained unanswered,” Van der Bijl said. 

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