Numsa strike could affect Eskom operations
There is concern the Numsa strike might have an impact on Eskom’s operations.
- Nhlanhla Nene
- Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
- National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa Numsa
- Power Utility Eskom
- Numsa strike
- Andrew Etzinger
- Numsa strike 1 July
- Numsa demand 12 percent salary increase
- Eskom workers
- Engineering automotive communications Numsa strike
- Numsa march
- National Union of Metalworkers South Africa
- Numsa members demanding 12 percent wage hike
- Steve Nhlapo
JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says he is concerned about the impact the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)-led strike could have on Eskom's operations.
The metalworkers union started its mass action on Tuesday, demanding better pay from more than 10,000 companies.
Watch: Thousands join nationwide Numsa strike
Nene says that while government is worried, it won't intervene in the labour dispute.
"We are concerned. Energy is a major constraint, even as we speak and we therefore would really love a situation where that area is not affected. If it is, it would have an impact."
Meanwhile, Numsa says Eskom, economists and employers in the metals and automotive sectors cannot blame its members for a deteriorating economy.
The union delivered a memorandum of demands to Eskom officials on Wednesday following a two-hour picket outside the utility's headquarters in Sunninghill.
The union's Steve Nhlapo says paying workers a decent wage will increase the country's buying power, thereby boosting the local economy.
"These workers have got no buying power, then there's no economy. Who is going to buy those products that are produced?"
But Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says if union members continue to stay away, the no work no pay principle will apply.
Numsa has given Eskom until Friday to respond to its demands but it's unclear whether workers will continue to stay away.
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