Eskom unions, the National Union of Mineworkers and National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa are calling on government to intervene urgently, to prevent Eskom from falling into Business Rescue like it happened with SAA.
Num and Numsa are set to hold a joint media briefing to update the public on ongoing wage negotiations with Eskom.
Public Sector Unions are still mulling over the 1.5% wage offer that was tabled by the government during wage negotiations this past weekend.
The crucial Eskom wage negotiations are teetering on the brink of collapse.
The National Union of Mineworkers says it believes Eskom will be able to afford the 15% wage increase currently being demanded by employees.
One SA leader, Mmusi Maimane, has highlighted the plight of mineworkers in South Africa, saying August 16 should be declared a national commemorative day. Maimane was addressing this year’s event held in honour of those who died in Marikana eight years ago after a strike for better pay went south.
Mine and general workers at Pegmin Micronized Mine at the small farming town of Mica outside Hoedspruit in Limpopo have downed tools over salary increase.
The National Union of Mineworkers doesn’t believe that there has been a significant reduction in the number of fatalities of mine workers.
NUM and Numsa have been picketing outside Eskom head offices at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has expressed disappointment at unions not being further united in their fight for workers’ rights – post the Marikana tragedy.