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NUM threatens Eskom strike

The NUM “’ threatening
a strike at Eskom
Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 14 April 2011 – South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it has given state utility Eskom Holdings the option between signing a minimum service level agreement (MSA) or facing a possible strike.

The union said in a statement issued here that the MSA “would allow a certain number of Eskom workers to go on strike should there be any labour disagreement.”

It added that if the issue was not resolved it would embark on "full scale industrial action in pursuit of the minimum service agreement … it would be the first point of war between the NUM and Eskom, and wage negotiations the second.”

Officials at Eskom were not immediately available for comment.

Job Matsepe, NUM’s national energy sector coordinator, told Reuters the union had 16,000 members with Eskom, and an Eskom spokeswoman said the utility employed around 40,000 people.