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*NUM Press Alert, 09 August 2016*

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*NUM Press Alert, 09 August 2016*


*NUM Press Alert, 09 August 2016*

*More than 15 000 members of the NUM to embark on a national strike
tomorrow at Eskom *

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members at Eskom will embark on a
full-blown strike in all nine provinces of South Africa. The decision to
strike was taken at an urgent NUM Eskom national shop stewards council held
at the NUM head office today.

All 15 000 members of the NUM at Eskom will be fighting for the
restoration of the right to strike at Eskom. The right to strike is
enshrined in the constitution of South Africa and Eskom has stolen that
right to strike from our members. It is going to be a total withdrawal of
labour by our members. NUM members will be striking for the right to strike
at Eskom. Our members right to strike cannot be taken away by anybody
including Eskom's arrogant management.

The NUM members are very disturbed and angry with the attitude of Eskom in
refusing to close the apartheid wage gap. After 22 years of democracy,
Eskom is still paying its workers based on the apartheid system. White
employees are still being paid more than black employees. When NUM members
raise these injustices and to embark on a strike, Eskom always reminds them
that it has been declared an essential service and cannot go on a strike.
The NUM members are sick and tired of being threatened and reminded that
Eskom is an essential service and Eskom is not doing anything to resolve
their problems.

The NUM members are demanding the following.
. 10% of the lowest paid employees and 8.5% for the highest paid employees
at Eskom
. A housing allowance of R3000.

For more information, please contact:

David Sipunzi: NUM General Secretary: 082 883 7293
Helen Diatile: NUM Chief Negotiator at Eskom: 082 809 3270
Livhuwani Mammburu : NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257


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