SEC strike averted
MBABANE – Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) employees have been stopped from proceeding with an allegedly planned strike action.
The order was issued by the Industrial Court yesterday and prevents the workers from continuing with any unlawful strike action, stoppage or disruption of SEC’s services. SEC was represented by attorney Zweli Jele and moved the application on a certificate of urgency.
The affidavit of SEC’s acting Managing Director, Meshack Kunene, was attached to the application.
There was no appearance for the Swaziland Electricity Supply Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (SESMAWU) and the six others who were cited as respondents. Jele submitted that he served the application on Mfanawelisontfo Dlamini, Secretary General of SESMAWU.
SESMAWU members allegedly met on Saturday at the Bosco Skills Centre. It was in this meeting that they resolved to march to SEC headquarters to deliver a petition.
It was further resolved that they would not be at their work stations with effect from today.
Dlamini and the five others were ordered to take all appropriate steps to prevent SESMAWU members from engaging in an unlawful strike or illegal gathering.
They were further interdicted from inciting and encouraging SESMAWU members to participate in the strike.
In SEC’s affidavit in court SEC employees allegedly became aggrieved after it was announced the company would not be effecting any salary increments in the next three years.
They also expressed their discontent with one manager and how he conducted his work. They also want him removed.
In his affidavit, Kunene told the court that SEC was designated an ‘essential service’ in accordance with Section 93(9) of the Industrial Relations Act of 2000. "In terms of the Act, a strike action is prohibited in an essential service," Kunene said.
The case was heard by Court President, Abande Dlamini, who issued an interim order returnable on Friday.
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