South Africa 16.3.2015 12:30 pm

Take fight to Eskom, Vavi tells workers

FILE PICTURE: General secretary of Cosatu Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: General secretary of Cosatu Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Embattled Cosatu secretary general, Zwelinzima Vavi, yesterday told workers to ready themselves for a massive protest march directed at the management of power utility, Eskom, whom he accused of bringing immense suffering to the poor through its load-shedding programme that had so far resulted in “huge job losses”.

Addressing hundreds of workers affiliated to the eight unions opposed to the axing of the National Union of Metal Workers SA (Numsa) from Cosatu in Durban, Vavi said Eskom, “just like other forces bent on oppressing the poor”, had become an “enemy of the workers”.

“We cannot fold our arms when companies are closing and thousands of workers are being retrenched because of Eskom’s rolling load shedding.

“It is not a question of whether or not we should go to Eskom but a question of when. As workers, we should immediately come up with a date when we should go to Eskom,” he said.┬áVavi, who is at loggerheads with Cosatu’s central executive committee led by the federation’s president, Sdumo Dlamni, said he did not care if the call could land him in hot water.

Vavi ups the heat on Eskom at a time when the country is going through an energy crisis, from which it may take as long as three years to recover. The workers Vavi was addressing included members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa).

 

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