South Africa's biggest union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), said on Tuesday it had called off a strike over pay due to start on Wednesday at the state-owned power utility Eskom.
Half the workers at Eskom had planned to strike, action that could have led to disruption of electricity supplies. Eskom successfully sought a court order barring the strike.
"The strike is off. It is not going to take place because it is prohibited by the court, and we are law-abiding citizens," NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka told Reuters. "Eskom has won this round on the basis that they are an essential service."
A strike before or during the soccer World Cup finals could have damaged South Africa's hopes of using the biggest sporting event ever held on the continent to showcase the country and draw in tourists and investment in the longer term.
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