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cosatuBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu says it will not compromise on its demands that no Eskom employee be retrenched during the turnaround of the utility, and that the parastatal not be privatised.  

Reducing Eskom’s bloated staff complement of 48,000 employees is regarded by some analysts as an essential part of any drive to reduce costs and putting the power utility on a sound financial footing.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a Cosatu affiliate, supported the federation’s demands in a submission to MPs.  “No serious union can agree to see its members thrown into the unemployment queue,” Cosatu parliamentary liaison officer Matthew Parks told MPs.  He stated that both Cosatu and the NUM supported additional funding for Eskom, albeit with conditions.  “Any attempt to retrench workers will be an unmanageable provocation.  It will force workers to go on an unprecedented mass strike,” he warned.  Parks said Cosatu and the NUM would engage with the government at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) in the next 10 days to ensure that a turnaround plan was put in place.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Linda Ensor at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Unions back government’s extra R59bn funding for Eskom, at The Citizen


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