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‘Save Eskom’: Unions send strong message to govt over IPP contracts

Thousands of workers braved the scorching weather to march to the Union Buildings.

Numsa and Cosatu joined a march by the National Union of Mineworkers over Eskom's agreement with Independent Power Producers, on 17 November 2018. Picture: @Numsa_Media/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim has accused government of deliberately collapsing Eskom so it can have the power utility privatised.

Jim says the signing of Independent Power Producers is the first step to achieving this.

He made the claims at the Union Buildings following a march led by the National union of Mineworker against the project on Saturday.

Jim has a strong message for Eskom and government.

“We know the tender is to break up Eskom and to privatise Eskom. It is being collapsed deliberately so that they should privatise it. Numsa and NUM workers must be united.”

Thousands of workers braved the scorching weather to march to the Union Buildings.

Among them is Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Vavi says they will fight together to protect Eskom against corruption.

“We will not be divided. We want unity on the ground between the NUM and Numsa to fight a common struggle, to save Eskom.”

The unions say they won’t rest until the Eskom board is sacked.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)