STAWU revives threat to join strike
MBABANE - The Swaziland Transport and Allied Workers Union (STAWU) is threatening to bring public transport to a standstill on Wednesday.
STAWU Secretary General Simanga Shongwe said they would continue supporting the Swaziland National Association of Teachers’ (SNAT) quest of a 4.5 per cent salary increment.
"It doesn’t matter that the court has ruled in favour of government to stop the indefinite strike yesterday, we will continue supporting them," Shongwe said.
This is the second time that the union has threatened the blackout.
Two weeks ago the union threatened to bring the public transport industry to a halt but nothing happened.
The STAWU secretary general said there were other pending matters which government had failed to resolve.
"Government thinks by resolving the satellite bus rank impasse, everything is now alright. The matter is not yet over," he said. He said besides the Satellite bus rank impasse they had three grievances which were: the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT), halting the heavy spot fines by traffic police and the delay of permit issuing by the Road Transportation Board.
"Apart from our solidarity with SNAT, we have these three pending issues," he said.
He said unless government addressed these issues there would be no public transport on Wednesday.
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