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cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu has threatened to intensify its opposition to the government’s recently concluded procurement contracts with 27 independent power producers (IPPs) by going on strike.  

According to the labour federation, the government lied when it announced that the procurement would lead to the creation of 58,000 jobs.  Mining unions have taken Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to court, claiming the implementation of the IPP contracts would lead to more than 40,000 job losses in coal mines and other secondary industries.  Cosatu said it was during consultations with the government over its section 77 protest action application at Nedlac that it discovered there was no proof that 58,000 jobs would arise.  "It’s a fallacy … it is a lie.  It’s used to blackmail us into buying into the IPPs, which are expensive … and you have politicians linked to the same IPPs," Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini said.  The issue will be discussed at a meeting of the ANC, SA Communist Party and Cosatu alliance, as the federation felt "sidelined" in the consultations that had led to the decision on IPPs.

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