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SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has accused Eskom of moving towards privatisation after its announcement of a 0% increase in wages, the cutting of 10,000 jobs and the “privatisation of electricity generation to independent power producers”.  

According to the state-owned power utility, there were no plans to privatise Eskom and it was only calling for the liberalisation of the market for more competition within the power sector.  But, Saftu’s Patrick Craven condemned Eskom’s “war on its workers” and added:  Workers must not pay the price for Eskom’s mismanagement and corruption.  Electricity generation is a vital public service, supplying power to the people, in industry, schools, hospitals and homes.  Its mandate has to be to provide that service as efficiently and cheaply as possible and with the minimum damage to the environment.  This will be impossible if it is owned and run as a business by private commercial companies.”  Craven also said “workers should not have to pay the price for their bosses’ irresponsibility by losing their jobs in mines and power stations as a result of handing over power generation to IPP companies which were only interested in the bottom line”.

  • Read this report by Chisom Jenniffer Okoye in full at The Citizen

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