NUM threatens shutdown over Eskom unbundling, to leave SA in the dark

NUM threatens shutdown over Eskom unbundling, to leave SA in the dark

- NUM is threatening a shutdown over the proposals to reform Eskom

- The trade union says if Eskom moves forward with its unbundling, it will engage in a shutdown

- This follows Cosatu expressing dissatisfaction with Ramaphosa's proposed Eskom reforms

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The trade union NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) is reportedly threatening a shutdown over the proposal to unbundle Eskom.

The union has said that they will march to the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters at the end of the month and will strike from 8 May if their demands are not met. 

With Eskom already struggling to generate enough power, a NUM strike could potentially leave the country completely in the dark.

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This is the latest in tensions between the ANC and NUM over how to solve the problems at Eskom. NUM opposes the unbundling in part because they say that it will lead to privatisation and mass layoffs of workers.

The union also says that Eskom should not outsource power generation to independent power providers.

NUM is a Cosatu member, which has long been a close ANC ally and which supported Cyril Ramaphosa's bid for the party leadership in 2017. However, Cosatu has also expressed dissatisfaction with Ramaphosa's proposals to reform Eskom, according to Eyewitness News.

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Following a meeting between Cosatu and the ruling party last month, Cosatu General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said that Ramaphosa's Eskom reforms may cause retrenchments, adding that he thought the president may be abandoning the workers.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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