Swaziland electricians on strike

This video is called Without The King: Swaziland.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 30 December 2016:

Swaziland electricians protest lack of bonuses

Workers employed at the Swaziland Electricity Company went on an unofficial strike December 21 protesting the non-payment of a traditional bonus at the end of the year.

Union negotiators who had met with management to discuss the issue were held responsible for the wildcat strike and they were issued with a court injunction.

A return to court after an immediate initial hearing will take place between January 8 and 17 where the eight union respondents will claim there is no proof of a strike, only some workers late for work.

SWAZILAND’S Communist Party have condemned a move by King Mswati III to rename the country as “populist nationalism” designed to detract from growing criticism of the squandering of public funds: here.

Swaziland Communists condemn “sham elections”: here.

6 thoughts on “Swaziland electricians on strike

  1. Wednesday 11th January 2017

    THE Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) said yesterday it was “deeply concerned” for two student leaders being hunted by the kingdom’s police.

    Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) deputy secretary-general Nchubeko Maziya and treasurer Neliswa Sifundza were apparently targeted after attending a CPS summer school in neighbouring South Africa over the Christmas holidays.

    CPS general secretary Kenneth Kunene said that on January 2 four officers harassed SNUS chair Mphilolenhle Dlamini, who did not attend the school, demanding to know how the pair and CPS national organiser Njabulo Dlamini were connected.

    Before the start of term about 30 plain-clothes police descended on the William Pitcher Teacher Training College in Manzini, where the two wanted SNUS leaders are studying. Students have been pressed to identify the pair, who were keeping a low profile around the campus.



  2. Saturday 21st October 2017

    SWAZI communists urged their fellow citizens yesterday to boycott next spring’s “sham” general elections.

    Communist Party of Swaziland general secretary Kenneth Kunene said the elections called by King Mswati III were only intended to “provide an aura of credibility to the nasty, brutal dictatorship of Mswati and his elite in the tinkhundla semi-feudal system.”

    He said: “Political parties are banned. There are no rights of association, no freedom of speech and no free media. No right to strike and organise in trade unions against exploitative labour practices. No right to protest peacefully, and no accountability of government to the people.”

    The Swazi House of Assembly has 55 MPs elected from the 55 tinkhundla or tribal communities. The king appoints 10 more members, along with 20 of the 30-member Senate.

    The main opposition People’s United Democratic Movement (Pudemo) was banned in 2010 and its president Mario Masuku was jailed in 2014.



  3. Swaziland tax revenue workers strike at border posts

    Five hundred employees of Swaziland’s Revenue’s Authority went on strike December 13 to demand an increase in wages.

    The workers are in the Swaziland Revenue Authority Workers Union (SRAWU), who initially put in a pay claim of 13.3 percent, but eventually settled for 6.8 percent.

    When information leaked out that management had received a 20 percent salary increase, the workers decided to make a renewed effort for the full 13.3 percent.

    The workers operate the country’s 13 border gates, checking passports and collecting import and other duties.

    In response to the border post authorities saying all crossings would be open, SRAWU president Tremendous Dlamini said that members had a choice whether to strike or not.



  4. Swaziland firefighters threaten strike over lack of equipment

    Swaziland firefighters are threatening to strike to demand necessary equipment. The members of the National Public Service and Allied Workers Union are not equipped with face masks against smoke inhalation, and it takes over a year to distribute poor quality fire retardant uniforms. The brigades buy their own work-ware, communicate with their own cell phones and supply facilities for the fire stations. Uniformed personnel are barred by law from industrial action.



  5. Teachers and nurses strike and demonstrate in Eswatini over pay adjustments

    Around 400 teachers across Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) ignored threats from the minister of education and attended union meetings to plan a strike rather than providing instruction in their classrooms. The strike is proposed for September 19, according to the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.

    The principal secretary, who had issued the threat, said schools in the Lubombo region were being monitored to assess which teachers had stayed away. As the teachers prepared to strike, 500 medical and psychiatric nurses were demonstrating in Mbabane last Wednesday, where they submitted a petition to the government demanding a cost-of-living adjustment.



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