At least nine people have died in clashes allegedly between National Union Of Mineworkers and Amcu members.
The National Union Of Mineworkers (NUM) has noted that the decision to partially privatise Eskom has already been taken without our involvement.
The plan to split up Eskom was announced in President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address and saw the National Union Of Mineworkers threaten to withhold its support for the ruling party in the May elections.
“We have been meeting with Cosatu and the National Union Of Mineworkers and we explained to them that the unbundling is not part of privatisation,” said Mashatile.
Du Plessis said that Solidarity, together with the National Union Of Mineworkers (NUM) and Uasa, had signed a wage agreement with Sibanye-Stillwater with the purpose of increasing job security for mineworkers, including Amcu members, at a time when the mining industry was under severe pressure.
The call comes after the National Union Of Mineworkers (NUM) threatened last week to withhold its support for the ruling African National Congress in national elections in May should the government push ahead with the plan President Cyril Ramaphosa announced to unbundle power utility Eskom.
Amcu has accused the National Union Of Mineworkers (NUM) of colluding with Sibanye Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman to rob the working class of economic freedom.
Amcu has also lashed out at the National Union Of Mineworkers, accusing it of no longer fighting for the plight of workers but rather promoting and protecting the interests of Froneman.
The outcry from the National Union Of Mineworkers over retrenchments following Ramaphosa's announcement that the utility would be unbundled, underscored how hard it would be politically, especially in an election year, to tackle overspending caused in part by overstaffing of more than 30 percent at Eskom.
The National Union Of Mineworkers slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s handling of the crisis.