NUM to protest against Eskom in Durban

Steam rises at sunrise from the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station owned by state power utility Eskom near Sasolburg, South Africa, March 2, 2016. Picture: Reuters

Steam rises at sunrise from the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station owned by state power utility Eskom near Sasolburg, South Africa, March 2, 2016. Picture: Reuters

The union says it intends to protest after Eskom made an offer of a zero-percent wage increase at the start of negotiations on Monday.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday it would hold a protest march against power company Eskom in Durban on June 9 after the state-owned utility made the “provocative” offer of a zero-percent wage increase at the start of negotiations on Monday.

“Amongst other things the NUM is not happy about is the manner [in which] Eskom is negotiating, which demonstrates arrogance and a don’t-care attitude to its employees,” the union said.

“NUM is aware that Eskom has developed a new corporate plan which talks about reducing employees by 30 percent. They are initiating the plan to provoke NUM members and other employees.”

NUM said it would submit a memorandum about corruption in the KwaZulu-Natal region and its ongoing opposition to an agreement Eskom signed recently with independent power producers, which unions say will lead to job losses in the coal sector.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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