NUM backs strike call

THE National Union of Mineworkers said yesterday it supported a planned strike by Cosatu at Eskom because the parastatal had reneged on an agreement to provide a R5000 housing allowance to workers.

THE National Union of Mineworkers said yesterday it supported a planned strike by Cosatu at Eskom because the parastatal had reneged on an agreement to provide a R5000 housing allowance to workers.

NUM spokesperson Paris Mashego said it was also shocked to hear that 138 companies received special price agreements for the electricity tariff increase - at the expense of the poor and working class.

The trade union was also unhappy about Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa for salary increases to be matched to inflation, regardless of company performance.

"We support Cosatu's section 77 application to Nedlac (National Economic Development and Labour Council). The shop steward council also declared March 24 as a national day of peaceful protest," said Mashego. - Sapa

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