File picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters Inclusion of independent power producers is not in Num’s interests Luphet Chilwane The entrance of independent power producers (IPPs) to the energy sphere is pure privatisation brought to Eskom through the back door.
The recognised unions are Num, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity.
Photo: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA) JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Thursday that it has decided to embark on a rolling mass action through a declaration of Section 77 in defence of Eskom.
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.
Num, Cosatu and others after the elections, they will sit around the table and they won't buck in [sic]."
The comment follows a veiled threat from an affiliate of the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) to withdraw its support for the governing party in the upcoming general elections.
In response, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) went on strike at the mine on Nov. 2.
This 'unbundling' was immediately seized upon by Cosatu and the Num as tantamount to the wholesale privatisation of the parastatal.