Workers at Eskom are jittery and apprehensive wih the latest hint of job shedding by Eskom.
Embattled Eskom’s move to cut jobs and to start with top executives has been commended, but experts have warned that more heads are on the block as the power utility works towards financial recovery.
Earlier, Eskom announced that it had concluded its section 189 processes for its executive structure, saying it had cut the number of F band (highest earners) positions from 21 to nine.
“This was not an easy process, and I appreciate the patience and support of all those involved as we worked to conclude matters as efficiently as possible. We have managed to reduce the number of F band positions from a total of 21 to nine by way of regrading or combining roles. The new structure, along with our strategy, sets us on a path towards stability,” said group chief executive Phakamani Hadebe.
He said the regrading or combining of executives’ roles came after “an extensive consultation with its executive management that started on November 7 with the approval of a new executive structure by the board”, adding that now that the process had been finalised, it had set a new course for the utility to be “cost-effective, efficient and sustainable”.
Energy expert Ted Blom on Wednesday said that just because Eskom had started with top executives did not mean that workers on the ground were safe.