CONSTRUCTION workers at Coega, Port Elizabeth, have returned to work after an illegal strike last week.
About 700 workers responsible for constructing the R3.5-billion Dedisa Peaking Power plant in the Coega industrial development zone downed tools over various labour grievances.
They are affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and are employed by the main site contractor, Group Five.
Shop steward Sibusiso Matyolo said the workers returned to work on Friday, with negotiations between Group Five management, Numsa representatives and worker representatives continuing this week.
Group Five said 700 of 1 100 workers on site were involved with the illegal strike and measures had been taken to protect the safety of non-striking employees.
A spokesman confirmed that the strikers had returned to work.
There are five months left of the construction project that started in September 2013.
– Cindy Preller