In South Africa, parastatal power utility Eskom announced today that the Constitutional Court of South Africa dismissed an application for leave to appeal by trade union Solidarity last week, stating that “the application should be dismissed as it bears no prospect of success.”
The union alleged that Eskom had entered into an oral agreement with it 17 years ago to make an annual once-off, non-pensionable payment, equal to double the basic salaries of some of the senior employees at the Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town.
Eskom said that the trade union claims that the agreement included a system of early retirement to these employees in terms of which, they would be credited with the condoned service of six months service for each year they served as a licensed operator, or pro rata for part thereof in addition to the 12 months ordinarily credited.
The union claimed the verbal contract was entered into in 1998, the power utility said in a statement.
Over the past 17 years, Eskom said that they did not enter into this agreement and have only discussed proposals with the union.
Eskom legal team will now proceed to recover its legal costs from Solidarity.