Numsa condemns Eskom parties

2012-07-10 16:21

Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accused Eskom of spending millions of rands on parties.

"This is a serious concern and a spit in the face of the workers and the poor, who are economically bleeding as a result of high electricity tariffs," the union said in a statement on Tuesday.

Numsa felt it was outrageous that those in positions of influence were squandering public funds.

The City Press newspaper reported on Sunday that the parastatal had spent over R36m on seven "family fun days" since October last year.

This included awarding a R4m contract to a company to plan and organise five "generational family days" for almost 12 000 people in Gauteng.

Fun days were also held in Witbank in Mpumalanga, Lephalale in Limpopo, Cape Town, and Durban.

Eskom spokesperson Hillary Joffe told the newspaper the fun days were to thank employees for their hard work and commitment to "keeping the lights on".

Numsa felt Eskom could have used the R36m to subsidise distressed companies to save jobs, instead of spending it on parties.

Eskom was not in the business of parties, but rather charged with the mandate of playing a key role in the development of the country, the union said.

  • NrGx - 2012-07-10 16:33

    "The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accused Eskom of spending millions of rand on parties." accused?? - they did it, there is no fact no denial either. CONSIDER IT AS FACT!

  • mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-10 16:36

    Numsa shame, all the doors to askom are very wide open for u, u even have access to the minister's office, the easiest thing u can do i do banging on those doors n tell them what ure telling us here

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-07-10 16:39

    If Eskom wants to organise parties, all funding must come out those astronomical salaries that officials earn and not money coming from the taxpayers. Real consumer confidence in this country is already disappearing down a bottomless pit faster than the birthrate in the world.

  • mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-10 16:51

    It looks like numsa just want pubicity, just to potray themselves as champion of the poor, behind, no, they dont care anymore if the doors are closed or not, they party together n persuade the impoverished worker to vote for them again n again, there is no champion of the poor here, none, nil, zero, the poor will have to be the champions of themselves n free themselves from the shackles of these cats of the fat.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-07-10 16:57

    atleast employees benefited.

  • rontheogre - 2012-07-10 17:43

    Those employees were paid a salary to get the job done. In fact they toitoi-ed for increases not so long ago. Or is it to be celebrated to the tune of R36 Million when employees in fact do their jobs right for which they got paid bloody well in any case? Escom, you have now forked out R3 000 per worker to keep them happy, now how about the other 49988000 of us.

  • Andre Du Preez - 2012-07-10 17:45

    And still the ones who suffer the most will vote for this corrupt anc again and again and again

  • dirk.abrolat - 2012-07-10 17:56

    I don't remember NUMSA complaining when the ANC spent nearly 100 million on their centenary party.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-11 00:21

    Ok. So we are half the way there. Numsa has understood something. So now to the next step. What about ANEs parties...?

  • jakes.cakedregs - 2012-07-11 05:24

    Thanks for touching that nerve, NUMSA. What an utter waste of money!

  • Arthur Salvado - 2012-07-11 07:50

    There's no stopping these cowboys. It's about time that we stop feeding these hungry thieves. Ouch

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-11 08:30

    I would love to tell numsa not seek cheap publicity by condemning eskom parties. In East London,at an auto giant, your shopstewards eat for free on wednesdays, are bribed with company vehicles, numsa signed secret agreements at mpekweni. Many workers lost their jobs as a result of this. Fact is union leaders have endless parties and all claim to be communists

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