The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has announced its intention to convene a protest march to the Luthuli House to submit concerns regarding Eskom.
In a statement on Thursday, 12 March 2020, the National Union of Mineworkers announced its planned protest march to Luthuli House in Johannesburg, which is the African National Congress’ (ANC) headquarters. The trade union has expressed that it would be handing over a memorandum of concerns and grievances, regarding the developments at the nation power supplier, Eskom. The march will also address the ANC’s lack of intervention regarding ongoing job losses in the mining and construction sectors.
“This decision comes after the recent NUM National Executive Committee meeting, where resolutions were taken to stand firm against any employer who is arrogant and deliberately destroying jobs in all sectors of the country’s economy,” read the statement. NUM accused the ANC of seeking to privatize Eskom, this after the leading party decided to unbundle Eskom and “opening up Eskom to be milked of millions of Rands through the Independent Power Producers (IPPs).”
Amongst its demands, NUM has called for an open and honest engagement with the government and the Eskom board. The trade union further demanded the ANC to intervene in the ongoing debacle regarding the selling of Koorfontein and Optimum Collieries in Mpumalanga. “The NUM has since urged the business rescue practitioners dealing with these operations to do justice and expedite and conclude the sale transactions of these two operations because our members are highly affected by the delays,” the statement concluded.
The planned march will take place on Friday, 20 March 2020 and 10:00, where NUM members will meet at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and proceed to the Luthuli House.