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numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of state-owned power utility Eskom, following a collapse in wage negotiations.  

Eskom workers are demanding a 15% wage increase across the board in a one-year agreement, a R2,000 increase in the housing allowance; the employer to pay 80% of the medical aid contributions; a ban of labour brokers; paid maternity leave of six months; and a one-month paid paternity leave.  Paris Mashego, the NUM's energy sector coordinator, said that the management decisions that led to the organisation's financial woes should not be the worker's burden, and that Eskom's zero percent wage offer was yet another imprudent decision aiming at frustrating the workers.  Mashego added:  "The NUM has no option but to react harshly and firm to this nonsensical offer by making sure that our anger is felt right up to the bone marrow of Eskom.  A total shutdown is looming."

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