Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 04 July 2011 – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has accused South African national power utility Eskom Holdings Limited and public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba of what it called “a new tendency of non-consultation.”

“The NUM is saddened that as a trade union that represents over 16,000 Eskom workers, it was not invited to Eskom’s financial results announcement as major stakeholders in the parastatal,” NUM general secretary Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement issued here.

“The NUM vows to take Eskom and the public enterprises minister on, and has called on its members to organise themselves and to be ready for a mother of all strike actions at the parastatal, demanding consultation, a minimum service level agreement, and an explanation why its management team had received a 109% increment in 2010,” he added.

After Eskom released its financial results earlier this week, the state-owned entity received wide-spread criticism for huge salary increases given to its executives, while consumers were struggling to make ends meet as tariffs went up.

Seshoka said the union was being marginalised.

“The NUM condemns in the strongest words possible the arrogance of both Eskom management and minister of public enterprises Malusi Gigaba in advocating a new tendency of non-consultation with the trade unions on a variety of issues at Eskom,” said Seshoka.