Swaziland workers fight absolute monarchy

This video says about itself:

Ongoing Protest by TUCOSWA members in eSwatini [Swaziland]

18 September 2018

We all saw one document yesterday that was circulating on social media which was written by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Dr Sibongile M. Mtshali-Dlamini. The press statement was dated 17th September 2018 which announced schools closing because of the on-going industrial protest.

Read more here.

From daily News Line:

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Hundred thousand Swaziland workers mass action

A HUNDRED THOUSAND Swazi workers have begun a campaign of mass action, led by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), and its affiliates. On Tuesday 18 September, protesters flooded the streets of four towns, and in the march in Manzini alone at least ten were confirmed as having been injured by rubber bullet shots or blows from police batons.

Workers, mainly in the public service, are on strike in protest against the government’s refusal to award them a 6.5 per cent cost of living adjustment. The strike paralysed business and led to schools being closed around eSwatini, as Swaziland is now called. The unions defied an order by acting Prime Minister Vincent Mhlanga to abort the industrial action in order to give a chance to resume stalled negotiations, and TUCOSWA has already announced that the strike and marches will continue.

South Africa’s trade unions in SAFTU (South African Federation of Trade Unions) applaud the courage shown by the workers in Africa’s last absolute monarchy, in which unions are not legally recognised and any opposition from workers or communities is brutally suppressed. The strikes erupted just as King Mswati’s regime was in the middle of holding sham ‘tinkhundla elections’, to give a thin veneer of respectability to his dictatorship while keeping the people oppressed. The second round of these rigged elections were scheduled for yesterday.

Mswati is trying to force the people to participate in these charades. That is why he set his police on unarmed peaceful workers who are exposing these bogus ballots for what they are – a bid to pretend that he is democratically accountable, while retaining his absolute power. In line with its founding principles of international workers’ solidarity, SAFTU pledges its full support for the Swazi workers’ struggle and urges South African unions to be ready to act in solidarity and respond to any appeal from their comrades in eSwatini for solidarity at the borders.

3 thoughts on “Swaziland workers fight absolute monarchy

  1. Swaziland public sector national strike vote

    Public sector workers in the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland voted for a three-day national strike starting Tuesday to demand a pay increase this year. The vote was held after negotiations for a 6.5 percent pay rise failed.

    Angry teachers stayed away from classes across the country as they crowded into meetings to vote for industrial action.

    Another 500 teachers missed school to attend a court hearing in Manzini to support arrested colleague Maxwell Myeni, accused of violently assaulting a police commander. The approach to Manzini court house was lined by 200 members of the Royal eSwatini Police Service and prison warders.

    After the Swaziland National Association of Teachers visited the court, the court appearance was postponed until November.



  2. Swaziland nurses threaten to paralyse the health system

    Nurses have given the government of eSwatini (Swaziland) a month to change conditions in the health service or they will bring the system to a standstill.

    The Swaziland Nurses Association said patients were dying from lack of food and medicines in the hospitals, with medical facilities in disrepair.

    Drugs for HIV-infected patients are non-existent in most hospitals and clinics in a country with the highest infection rate in the world. Other lifesaving drugs are not available, while some have passed their use-by date.

    Suppliers have stopped deliveries, as they are not getting paid. The country has only 12 ambulances in operation, as those that breakdown are not repaired.

    A nurses’ march delivered a petition to the government June 21 that has been ignored.



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