cosatuFin24 reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has noted that the special paper on Eskom released by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is silent on job security.  

Cosatu's parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks on Tuesday issued a statement reacting to the paper, which is a roadmap for the future of Eskom, collaboratively developed by various government departments and academics.  It lays out proposals for turning around the power utility's dire financial position through cost-saving measures.  The plan also acknowledges the need for a just transition, which will ensure that communities and Eskom workers are not negatively impacted through the proposed unbundling process and as the power utility moves away from fossil fuels to alternative, cleaner energy sources.  Cosatu, however, said it regarded the paper as a "draft" and wanted to engage with government and other social partners within Nedlac about it.  Parks said the federation and its affiliate the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) would not be "bulldozed" into accepting a roadmap that did not address workers' concerns about their jobs, communities, energy affordability and security of supply.  "The paper’s silence about job security and a lack of a commitment not to retrench workers is extremely worrying and is condemned in the strongest possible terms by Cosatu and NUM," Parks said.


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