What strike? - Principals
MBABANE — Swaziland Principal Association (SWAPA) President Mduduzi Bhembe said they were not aware that teachers would strike on Wednesday and Thursday.
As such, the SWAPA President said pupils should go to school on the dates slated for the strike.
"Nothing has been communicated to us regarding the strike. Therefore, we cannot commit ourselves to say the strike should go ahead or not," he said.
Bhembe said it was imperative that the right procedure be followed by teachers before they go on strike. The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President, Sibongile Mazibuko, said they had informed all relevant stakeholders regarding their proposed strike.
"All SNAT members are aware of the strike. There are 800 principals of the 11 000 SNAT members and they have been duly informed," she said. Mazibuko said the strike would go ahead as planned because they had met all the requirements of the Industrial Relations Act.
She said they would be marching in Mbabane on Wednesday while on Thursday they would be in Manzini.
‘Where will they get that 4.5%?’
MBABANE — Minister of Education and Training, Wilson Ntshangase, wonders where teachers will get the money they are proposing to strike for.
In an interview yesterday, the minister said to his knowledge people went on strike when they knew where the money they wanted would come from.
Teachers are proposing to stage a mass strike on Wednesday and Thursday in demand of a 4.5 per cent salary increment.
Ntshangase said this in the light that government said there would be no salary increment until 2014 due to financial constraints.
"We are yet to meet and discuss the matter at Cabinet to decide on what could be done regarding the strike," he said.
The minister said there was a government negotiating team in place which evaluated whether the money demanded was available or not.
Ntshangase said teachers should explain where their increment would come from.
He said children should go to school as government had never communicated that there would be no classes.
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