Union attacks Necsa Board, claiming retrenchments and privatisations planned

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The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) asserted on Wednesday that it had “reliably learnt” that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) Board was proposing to retrench 400 employees and perhaps sell public assets. These proposals were part of a turnaround strategy submitted to the Department of Energy (now part of the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy), stated the union. Furthermore, Nehawu affirmed that Necsa’s Executive Committee had not been consulted about these proposals. “We have since learnt that the Necsa Board has intentions to close and/or sell [subsidiaries] Pelchem, Pelindaba Enterprises and Necsa property,” it added. “We call on the Board to publicly confirm or deny these allegations. Similarly, [Necsa subsidiary] NTP [Radioisotopes] has intentions of selling its subsidiaries who are profitable, namely NTP Logistics, Gamma-tek and AEC Amersham. As a matter or principle we stand in opposition to the surrender of public resources to private individuals. Public resources are for public benefit!” In its statement, the union attached the sobriquet “Mr Retrenchments” to Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam. It argued that his March report to Parliament on the financial situation of the State-owned nuclear agency was done “in a manner that suggests some commitment to provide a justification to among others, retrench of [sic] workers and privatisation of State assets in general and Pelchem in particular”.

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