Mineworkers slam Eskom, courts over strike
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – THE National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) expressed dismay after Eskom secured a court interdict stopping some of its workers to embark on a strike.
In a statement, the union said the court had erred in granting the power supplier an interdict, which stops employees who are not on duty and those who are not in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity from embarking on a march or strike.
“NUM is again disgusted by Eskom’s persistent enslaving of its employees, particularly those who are in the Bargaining Unit.
“Instead of addressing their genuine concerns pertaining to reasonable and affordable demands which Eskom blatantly refuse to consider, the employer has resorted to managing its employees through court interdicts, which they fallaciously believe will intimidate workers and force them to surrender their fight for a living wage and dignified conditions of employment.
“We are warning Eskom to stop continuing with this unnecessary confrontation and provocative attitude. This uncalled-for behaviour will only worsen the anger of the workers who feel that time has come for them to break the chains of bondage from this forever ruthless employer,” said Ndlela Radebe, NUM Acting ENERGY Sector Coordinator.
Radebe said it is NUM’s view as the court was “wrong” in granting Eskom a court interdict.
“With this approach, it could also mean that even a retired Eskom employee remains an essential.”
The NUM is on Tuesday scheduled to meet Eskom at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
– CAJ News
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