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COSATU statement on the NOB's meeting with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Ghordan over Eskom wage negotiations
The national leadership of COSATU met with the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Ghordan ,this afternoon, to discuss mainly the stalled wage negotiations at Eskom and other pertinent matters under his portfolio that affect the workers and the working class.
COSATU made it very clear to the Minister that while we support his efforts to turn around and clean up the State Owned Entities, we will not allow a situation where workers are forced to pay for the sins of others. Our position is that the 0% offer made to workers by the Eskom negotiators is offensive and provocative.
The minister has promised to ensure that the Eskom negotiators treat these negotiations seriously and that they do not go back to the negotiating table with the same 0% offer that has enraged and provoked the workers. We hope that the Eskom leadership understand that there is a lot riding into these negotiations and that any intransigence and false negotiating will have dire consequences.
The federation supports all the efforts to keep the lights on and restore the power utility to its rightful place because we understand the role of Eskom in our economy. We are also clear about the negative impact that an implosion of Eskom will have on the economy and jobs in general.
We want to make it very clear that we will remain vigilant and will ensure that the workers at Eskom are not made to pay a price for the sins of others. Wage negations should not be counter imposed with the talk of retrenchments or of the privatisation of the power utility. COSATU also remains adamant that the power utility should remain in the hands of the state. We also want the law enforcement agencies to expedite the process of bringing to book all the culprits that are responsible for looting and mismanaging Eskom.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
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