South African union threatens power shutdown over Eskom split

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 30 (Reuters) – South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday threatened to shut down the country’s power sector over the government’s decision to forge ahead with a plan to break up struggling state power firm Eskom.

NUM, one of the largest unions at Eskom, fears that the government’s plan to split Eskom into different units for generation, transmission and distribution will lead to job losses.

“The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is angered with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s decision to go ahead with the unbundling of Eskom,” the union said in a statement. (Reporting by Alexander Winning Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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