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 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%
The prime minister made unsubstantiated allegations against the Swaziland National Association of Teachers, claiming that their strike was ‘sponsored’ and being joined illegally by ‘outsiders’. The union has declared the strike will be held as planned on September 23
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
Public sector workers, who have not received a cost of living adjustment in the last three years, are demanding a wage hike to compensate for the rising prices.
The education sector is in shambles due to the government’s decision to freeze new hiring, casualization of primary and secondary school teachers, and the failure to pay education funds to schools
In an interview with Peoples Dispatch, Njabulo Dlamini recalls the Swaziland teachers union’s recent struggles and the challenges they are confronting under the monarchy
The autocrat remains determined to reign in expenditure on hospitals and schools in order to balance the budget, while continuing to live a decadent multi-million dollar lifestyle in palaces
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
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.