NUM hands over memorandum of grievances

The striking workers are demanding a R5,000 housing allowance and six months fully paid maternity leave.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) embarks on a strike in Johannesburg on 24 August 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom CEO Brian Dames Says he will respond to the memorandum of grievances from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) within seven days.

Hundreds of NUM members and affiliates are on strike this afternoon.

They have just handed-over a memorandum of demands to Eskom and are now marching through the streets of central Johannesburg to the Chamber of Mines.

The union wants to see a double digit increase for its members and alleged corrupt officials fired.

The NUM has threatened to bring the economy to a standstill if its demands are not met.

The union says it wants the employer to close the salary gap between executives at Eskom and the general workers.

It claims the employer is perpetuating the apartheid era wage structure.

In its five page memorandum of demands to Eskom, the NUM says it wants a R5,000 housing allowance and six months fully paid maternity leave.