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NUM hits out at Eskom

The union’s acting president Piet Matosa says the power utility has become a law unto itself.

NUM acting president Piet Matosa says Eskom has become a law unto itself. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)'s central executive committee on Wednesday described the end of the platinum strike as a hollow victory for workers.

The union's acting president Piet Matosa also warned the union would formulate a plan to strike at Eskom, despite an interdict granted in the Labour Court.

The committee will also hold talks with leaders from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the African National Congress (ANC).

Discussions concerning the developments on the platinum belt as well as tensions and divisions within Cosatu are expected to be addressed.

The trade union federation has been at loggerheads with some affiliates.

Matosa instructed the committee to thoroughly analyse the platinum strike in order to determine if it was a victory for workers.

The acting president also lashed out at Eskom, saying the entity had become a law unto itself.

"Eskom must be stopped from proclaiming itself as an essential service with immediate effect."

Matosa avoided the issue of divisions within Cosdatu, simply saying the NUM would never withdraw from the federation.

He said the ANC should be allowed time to restore unity.