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cosatuBusinessLive reports that as SA braces for strikes and pickets at Eskom over a 0% wage increase, labour federation Cosatu has warned that workers should not be made to pay for the sins of corrupt and inept managers.  

"We want to make it very clear that we will remain vigilant and will ensure that the workers at Eskom are not made to pay a price for the sins of others‚" said Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla.  The federation added that law enforcement agencies should expedite the process of bringing to book all the culprits who were responsible for looting and mismanaging Eskom.  Workers planned lunchtime pickets on Thursday to protest against the announcement of a 0% salary increase this year.  On Wednesday, Cosatu’s national leadership met the Minister of Public Enterprises‚ Pravin Gordhan to discuss the utility’s wage freeze.  Pamla observed:  "Cosatu made it very clear to the minister that while we support his efforts to turn around and clean up the state-owned entities‚ we will not allow a situation where workers are forced to pay for the sins of others.  Our position is that the 0% offer made to workers by the Eskom negotiators is offensive and provocative."  Gordhan undertook to engage Eskom on the salary increase negotiations.

See too, NUM: Eskom's inability to manage finances no excuse to cut wage hikes, at EWN

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