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Eskom risk a wave of strike protests over outsourcing training colleges

30 October 2008, Posted in Press Releases

Eskom risked a groundswell of raucous protests if the energy utility continued outsourcing workers’ skills training colleges.

At least 300 Eskom college workers reportedly transferred forcefully to the outsourced educational development unit are also facing the wearing down of their hard-fought benefits conditions of employment.

And, unless the government intervened with genuine intention of resolving the looming problem disruptive protests will soon follow.

The Eskom management is hell bent on breaking years of customary convention to ensure effective employee skills empowerment through further training and development by the state utility as management allegedly refused to employ those facing transfers in a massive Eskom recruitment drive to fill hundreds of vacant posts.

While Eskom trumpeted plans to keep Eskom college employees who wished not to be transferred into the private company which would operate the colleges, it emerged that two prominent Eskom executive directors involved in the outsourcing discussion processes were taking over the running of the newly outsourced Eskom training colleges.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is stunned by the startling revelations and sudden resignations by the two directors to take responsibilities in the outsourced operation.

“And, we have learnt with shock and disgust that the two directors turned down the employment of new college workers in Eskom’s job recruitment campaign by further rejecting that experienced and skilled

He further warned that Eskom should brace itself for major disruptive protests unless it discontinued its outsourcing project of the training colleges.

Eskom should honor its commitment to ensure that workers who did not wish to be transferred to a private company should not loose jobs in Eskom or else we will mobilize for a major protest demonstrations and strikes.

The union also believe that the state has the ability to invest more resources in the training and development of employees instead of disposing the colleges.

For further information contact:

Eskom chief shop steward Phutas Tseki at 0824985840


Mziwakhe Hlangani, Numsa national spokesperson

Cell phone: 082 9407116



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