Carol Paton Writer at Large

Employees at SAA took a beating in last week’s strike. They got nothing more than the 5.9% they were offered on the eve of the strike and had to throw in the towel after losing a week’s wages. At Eskom things will not be over quite so fast.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) are planning a welcome party for Andre de Ruyter on January 15, his first day at the office. It will certainly be a high-spirited affair. Notwithstanding the enormous public attention on Eskom, there has been almost no interaction between employees and either management or the government about their shared future.

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