Num says unions are planning lunchtime picket, not strike

Deputy president of the National Union of Mineworkers Joseph Montisentse says on Thursday they will not be striking, but picketing at lunchtime at the Eskom Megawatt Park.

NUM and Numsa have joined hands in fighting Eskom’s 0% wage increase this year.

The unions are demanding between 9% and 15% wage hikes for Eskom employees‚ however, management has made a 0% offer citing financial constraints as it struggles to turn the ailing‚ over-indebted company around.

They did not, during the negotiations, bother to meet with the unions and tell them that they have financial problems.

Joseph Montisentse, Deputy President of NUM

READ: NUM: We are not calling for a shutdown but a march to Eskom

We know there are a lot of problems in terms of mismanagement of the resources and looting. That should not be an excuse that workers should not get their increase of salaries.

Joseph Montisentse, Deputy President of NUM

On issues of intimidation to those who want to go to work and not partake in the strike, Montisentse says people must assess the situation.

ALSO READ: **Eskom wants you to pay 19.9% more for electricity… or else!**

If workers are on a strike, I think it must be respected. People must assess the situation whether it's normal or not normal.

Joseph Montisentse, Deputy President of NUM

Meanwhile, Managing Director at EE Publishers Chris Yelland says these kind of negotiations and confrontation between labour and management is a throwback from the past.

He says it is inappropriate for an emerging country in the 21st century.

Listen to what Yelland thinks is the way forward...


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