Numsa threatens strike at Eskom


File: Pay talks between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Eskom have reached a deadlock.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has threatened to strike in protest against Eskom’s plans to shut five power stations.

The union said it was not consulted.

It said 6,000 jobs would be on the line if the power utility went ahead with plans, announced last week, to phase out the power stations in Mpumalanga over the next five years.

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Eskom said the stations would be closed to accommodate renewable independent power producers.

Numsa wants to join forces with the National Union of Mineworkers to fight the job losses.

“At least 6,000 workers jobs are on the line and Numsa wants to place on record that no consultation took place between the board of Eskom and the trade unions. Furthermore, as Numsa we are convinced that the lack of consultation demonstrates that there is an attempt to hide the real reasons for this drastic course of action,” the union said in a statement.

“Eskom is well aware that if it has plans to end jobs or retrench workers it must follow due process, which includes declaring section 189 so that proper retrenchment processes can take place. This has not happened.”