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Numsa to fight Eskom in court

Numsa will lodge an application against the implementation of Eskom's proposed 16% tariff hike.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim speaks to reporters after a meeting of the trade union's central committee in Johannesburg, Thursday, 18 August 2011. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Numsa will hold a mass demonstration in opposition to Eskom's proposed 16 percent tariff hike this week, it said on Sunday.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will also be lodging an urgent application against its implementation in North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said Nersa should reject Eskom's application for a tariff increase in the interest of the poor.

“The proposed 16 percent increase will lead to job losses and factory closures.”

And he slammed police and the Tshwane Municipality for denying them permission to picket around Nersa's offices, citing the building on Vermeulen Street is a National Key Point.

But the Numsa said it would hold a mass vigil and picket at Nersa’s offices on Wednesday and Thursday, regardless of the court outcome.

Nersa is expected to announce whether it will allow Eskom to raise tariffs every year for the next five years at the end of February.

Business, Eskom and ordinary citizens were earlier this month given an opportunity to argue for and against the proposed tariff increase.

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