Eskom said it had began talks with unions on how to co-create a power utility for the future. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Johannesburg - Eskom on Friday said it had began talks with unions on how to co-create a power utility for the future.

"Eskom and its organised labour unions, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity, met today in an effort to strengthen relations and for Eskom to share the company’s turnaround strategy," said the power utility in a statement.

Eskom’s acting Group Chief Executive Officer Jabu Mabuza led the meeting on Friday. He promised to create fertile ground to allow for unions and Eskom to have mutually beneficial engagements beyond his term.

“We took the unions through Eskom’s turnaround strategy and agreed that further discussions would take place as we  plan and move forward as a collective,” Mabuza said.

“If there is one thing I want to have accomplished when I leave this post in the next 10 weeks, is to have created an environment where Eskom and unions are able to have more frank and robust discussions about the future of Eskom.”

"The unions have asked for additional information from Eskom, which we will provide, and have agreed to take the information presented to them, digest it and revert," said the statement.

The meeting with organised labour kick-starts discussions on Eskom’s turnaround strategy for the future, and will be followed by discussions with other stakeholders.

African News Agency (ANA)