More trade unions have vowed to fight the agreement set to be entered into between Eskom and 27 Independent Power Producers (IPPs). The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday it would not allow Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to go ahead with the plan as it would "perpetuate the stealing of money from SOEs". The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) also said at a press briefing on Wednesday that their national protest action scheduled for March 20 would also stand against any potential job losses incurred as a result of IPPs. On Tuesday, Energy minister Jeff Radebe postponed the signing of contracts with 27 power producers due to a court action brought by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and nongovernmental organisation Transform RSA. At the heart of the disagreements over the IPP contracts is the potential loss of up to 30,000 jobs in coal mining. This despite assurances by government that the agreements would probably create more than 60,000 ...

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