Public Sector Association of Swaziland will Petition Various Government Departments Today

By on February 1, 2019

Public Sector Associations will today 2 February 2019 down tool and hit the streets of Mbabane to deliver petitions to various departments of government.
The four unions that will participate in the petition delivery are Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), Swaziland National Association of Government Accountants Personnel (SNAGAP), Swaziland Nurses Association (SNA), National Public Service and Allied workers Union (NAPSAWU). All the unions and associations are affiliate to the trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).
SNAT Secretary General issued a statement yesterday (31 January 2019) informing the association’s members that the petition delivery to various government departments was still on. “The petition delivery Activities by the Public Sector Associations of Swaziland (PSAS) will proceed tomorrow (01-02-2019) as mentioned earlier”.
According to the same statement, all logistics were adequately covered with all stakeholders including the Ministry of Education and Training particular the principal secretary Sibongile Mtshali.
The petition is expected to be delivered to the Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Public Service, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, South African High Commission, Royal Swaziland Police Headquarters, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs as well as the Prime Minister’s Office.
This petition delivery follows a court ruling of stopping the legal pay dispute mass strike that was schedule for Monday 28 January 2019. Few hours to the strike, the government of Eswatini ran to the Industrial court seeking an order not to allow the strike action to take place in line with section 89 of the country’s Industrial Relation of 2000.
The court never got a chance to hear the arguments due to the inconvenient time in which the papers were filed. It then ruled that the strike should stop in line with section 90 of the Industrial act of the country.
Following the court proceedings, the Public Sector Association of Eswatini called a mass meeting the following day at the SNAT Centre in Manzini to unpack the court’s ruling to the membership of the unions. It was then that the membership took the decision to deliver the petition to the number of government’s department.

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About Phumlani Dlamini

A Public Relation graduate from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology with a vast love and interest for the Kingdom of Eswatini and the people living within it.

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