The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is adamant that the Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan should immediately retract the announcement he made on Tuesday.

Gordhan said that he was hopeful that Eskom would avoid implementing stage six rolling blackouts for a second consecutive day on Wednesday after the power utility and unions had reached a wage agreement.

However, the NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mmamburu says no such agreement has been reached. He argues that Eskom has made a new wage offer which will be discussed when the wage negotiations between it and unions resume on Friday.

“We haven’t taken that offer that was tabled by Eskom yesterday to our members to decide whether they accept it or not. It must first be presented in the central bargaining forum this Friday, where after that it will be taken to our members whether they’re accepting it or not. What the minister is doing is reckless and he is jeopardising the wage negotiations.”

 

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