Trade unions representing civil servants had to call off their strike which was held from September 23 to October 3 following a court interdict on a government plea
The striking employees have not been given a raise since 2016
The demonstration came after the strike action by civil servants on September 23 and 24. To compensate for the purchasing power lost over the last three years due to rising prices, civil servants are demanding a Cost of Living Adjustment of 7.85%
Njabulo Dlamini, the international organizer of the Communist Party of Swaziland, allegedly died of an illness shortly after he was released from prison but trade unionists suspect he was poisoned
Seven students, including the president of the students’ union, were detained for four hours and tortured.
The nurses have threatened to stage a strike if the crisis is not addressed in four weeks. The dire shortage of vital drugs has been termed a “population extinguisher” by activists.
The Communist Party of Swaziland and the Public Sector Associations of Swaziland noted that the government of king Mswati III had been spending vast amounts wastefully even as the country was in social and economic crisis
Myeni, a leader of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), was arrested on August 26, 2018, after he resisted a police officer from firing into a teachers’ protest two days before.
The landlocked nation of Swaziland in Africa is regularly witnessing strikes and protests as the people are rising up to assert their rights.
A large number of workers had assembled at the magistrate court expressing their solidarity with Maxwell and calling for the arrest of the police officer who fired upon the teachers.
“We call upon the international community to extend their solidarity towards the struggle of the working class movement in Swaziland,” noted various trade union organizations.
One of the last absolute monarchies in the world, Swaziland is headed to a primary round of polls of August 25 under its Tinkhundla (administrative sub-division)-based electoral system.