Johannesburg - The ongoing power blackouts will lead to job loses, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Friday.
“One of the negative consequences of this load shedding, especially for the workers, is that industries heavily reliant on electricity for production are already contemplating cutting down the cost of production through retrenchments and lay-offs,” Numsa KwaZulu-Natal regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said.
“This will be a direct assault on the workers, amid the triple crisis of poverty, unemployment and inequality faced by the working class and the poor,” he said.
“We call on government to take responsibility for the crisis, since their misguided decisions are haunting us now, and fix the crisis at Eskom.”
He said the union was perturbed by the recent Eskom crises.