South Africa's Eskom to rehire fired workers at Medupi plant

April 14, 2015 10:50 AM

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South Africa's Eskom to rehire fired workers at Medupi plant

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Eskom (ESKDY.PK) [ESCJ.UL] said on Tuesday it will rehire 1,700 employees fired after a strike at the Medupi power plant the utility is building, in an attempt to end a row that has hobbled construction at the facility.

The contract workers were dismissed on March 27 for vandalizing property during the one-day strike over better working conditions and higher pay. Thousands of their unionized co-workers stayed away from work on their own volition in solidarity with their fired colleagues, affecting construction.

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