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numsaEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Thursday said its opposition to Eskom’s power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) was because the State had not consulted workers on the impact of the deal.  

Numsa and Transform RSA used the courts on Monday to block the long-awaited signing of agreements with 27 renewable IPPs.  Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi commented that the union supported the country ending its dependence on fossil fuels, however it was seeking a “just transition”.   She said the union would not sacrifice its member’s livelihoods for the sake of renewable energy.  “The government agreed to these principles and signed the Paris Agreement, which speaks about these principles, but is blatantly ignoring them.  The just transition speaks about social dialogue, social protection, rights at work and employment as indispensable building blocks of sustainability,” Hlubi pointed out.  But, Numsa is of the view that there has been no social dialogue and that government is trying to “bully workers into accepting a decision which is detrimental to their wellbeing”.  Hlubi also said Numsa was not convinced that 61,000 jobs would be created through renewable energy projects, as promised by government, and that those who did not find work would join the ranks of the unemployed, deepening the crisis of unemployment and poverty.

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