Eskom will plunge our economy into a deeper crisis

Final reminder: NUMSA 2nd deputy president Christine Olivier will be making a submission to NERSA on behalf of Metalworkers in relation to Eskom's application for increased Electricity tariffs

CHRISTINE OLIVIER, 2ND Deputy President of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will be representing Metalworkers at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) public hearing on ESKOM’s application for the Third Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD3), scheduled for TODAY Tuesday 29 January 2013, at the Jack Botes Hall, Corner Bondestein and Church Street, Polokwane, Limpopo province.

The hearing will start at 8h30am.

Members of Numsa will be picketing outside the Jack Botes Hall, where Nersa will be holding this public hearing.

Already employers have indicated that if this ESKOM application is approved by Nersa, they will be sending notices of retrenchments, and as a union, we have a responsibility to defend jobs in the interest of our members.

This should not be viewed as flirting with capital as some of our opponents might want everyone to believe.

Numsa has taken a principled position to oppose this Eskom application since it will plunge our economy into a deeper crisis and will lead to massive job losses in the manufacturing industry and other related sectors.

Already our country is faced with the triple crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequalities, accompanied by violent service delivery protests as evidenced by the latest ugly riots in Sasolburg, Free State province.

Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.

Castro Ngobese, National Spokesperson – 081 011 1137