Union says nationwide strike underway as protest against Eskom proposal gains momentum

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Active Member
Feb 20, 2015
Union says nationwide strike underway as protest against Eskom proposal gains momentum

By David McKay - February 13, 2019

A NATIONWIDE strike by South Africa’s largest labour organisation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) had begun on Wednesday that included employees of Eskom, the state-owned power utility.

“The national shutdown is under way,” COSATU spokesman Sizwe Pamla told Bloomberg News. “Workers from all sectors of the economy in the private sector and public service are on board and we will be marching to the legislature and the Chamber of Mines.”

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), an affiliate of the COSATU that represents workers from the mining, energy and construction industries, is expecting more than 100,000 people to take part in the strikes, said NUM spokesman Luphert Chilwane.

“I can tell you that the Eskom workers are very angry, so we are expecting thousands of them to take part in the strike,” said Chilwane. “Our expectations is that our members will come out in numbers because the NUM is the union most affected by the job losses.”

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Executive Member
Aug 2, 2004
The unions are destroying this country. It is suicidal to launch major industrial action against an organisation that is two months away from insolvency. At some point, either the politicians abandon political expediency and curtail them, or we will be stuck in an industrial death spiral. We need to find a way to educate the electorate as to how much damage they have done and to understand that this a primary cause of unemployment.


Expert Member
Dec 11, 2009
ANC needs to win the election. All other considerations are secondary, including the welfare of the country. They will not act against the unions.

Lew Skannen

Senior Member
Jun 20, 2012
So, I have just sat and listened to Gordhan speaking to the portfolio committee. Everything he said was bulls**t, accept for one single comment he made...

He said that for the past 48 hours they have started contacting all previous experts who left Eskom, who had 30+ years experience to get them back. He stated that they were surprised to find that ALL these experts have left the country and that not a single one remained. In fact, he mentioned a list of countries these experts left to and now working for suppliers there.

This is the clearest indication yet of the toll Affirmative Action has taken on government institutions. It is about to get worst. These laws are devastating to the economy and will fail each and every person in this country in both public and private sectors.

Affirmative Actions is wrong. It is evil and it is showing what it is capable of.