numsaMoneyweb reports that National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola has denied that the union is part of plans to hold a protest at Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters in Joburg on Friday.

This was advised after a 29 June memo, bearing Numsa’s and the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) logos as well as signatures of senior union officials, began circulating, along with calls for a picket at Eskom’s head office on Friday. The memo also called for the resignation of Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter, chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer and general manager of people relations Dr Thulane Ngele. Hlubi-Majola said that the statement “is not [an] official communication from Numsa” and went on to add: “There is no Numsa picket at Megawatt Park on Friday. We are focusing on the talks (wage) which are happening at the Central Bargaining Forum (CBF) from tomorrow with Eskom.” The NUM’s energy sector coordinator Khangela Baloyi, however, did not deny the veracity of the memo, saying that it was passed on by branches of the union. “This letter is from branches in Lephalale [in Limpopo]. The branches are divided on this issue,” Baloyi advised. In the joint memo, union members also called on their unions to provide transportation to Eskom’s head office on Friday, so that workers could air their grievances to their bosses. Meantime, Eskom indicated that it would be taking precautionary measures should a picket materialise on Friday.

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