Num: ‘Arbitration useless’
JOHANNESBURG — Referring the wage dispute between Eskom and its three worker unions for arbitration was “useless”, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said yesterday.
“We are not going [for arbitration]. It’s useless to go there when the minister [of Public Enterprises Barbara Hogan] said Eskom has no money because to go there, we have to be on the same level … not with Eskom receiving support from the minister,” spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka told a press briefing.
He was referring to a statement Hogan released on Thursday, which read: “Despite the raising of R60 billion in debt in the financial year, Eskom finds itself in a lower cash position [net decrease in cash equivalents of R2,9 billion] than in the previous financial year.” — Sapa.