The only solution is dialogue - PM
NGWENYA – Dialogue remains the solution to the teachers’ problems with government which have seen them abandon class for close to two weeks, the Prime Minister has said.
The teachers are demanding a 4.5 per cent salary increment.
The Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini spoke about the importance of dialogue on his return from Burundi yesterday.
Dlamini was responding to a question about whether government had any strategy in mind to end the protest action by teachers. "Though I do not know much about what has been happening here since I left, but His Majesty’s government remains open to dialogue," the PM said.
He said protest actions were not a solution to the impasse.
Dlamini said government had not closed its doors to dialogue.
"We believe that the current problem can be resolved through dialogue. The government negotiating team is ready for dialogue," the head of government said.
The PM said the solution was at the table as opposed to picketing.
So Mr Barney has another solution? So why was he quiet all along? I thought the solutions were: sipakatane etc and taking teachers to court, arresting SNAT executive, calling all cops on leave back to work and paying them overtime. How can I forget Majahenkhaba branding teachers "criminals" and the verbal diarrhoea by Percy insulting them? Then go to the table and bring long lasting solutions. Solutions can be: nullifying circular no.1, salary increases, cutting the number of external trips, travelling e-class (yes, I mean economy not executive!), cut the royal budget, stop giving the army food, cut security forces' salaries (we should be paid according to our academic qualifications), stop those Bio- tech Parks (kwani vele?), scrap VAT or else PAYE. If you fail to do any of the above, let there be waya waya for 3 years!
Jul 5, 2012, 1:50 PM, Lord Anthony (Anthonym198@gmail.com)
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