NAPSAWU also on indefinite strike
MANZINI - The National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) has resolved to also engage in an indefinite strike action to force government to accede to their demand for a 4.5 salary increment.
This strike action begins today, according to the organisation’s president.
The civil servants join teachers who have been on an indefinite strike dubbed ‘Waya Waya’, which enters its fourth week today.
The civil servants had initially proposed to engage in a two-day strike which they staged last week Wednesday and Thursday.
In an interview last night, NAPSAWU’s President Quinton Dlamini disclosed that they came to this resolution after meeting with the Swaziland National Association of Teachers on Saturday at the SNAT Centre.
"We had a meeting with SNAT and our meeting was fruitful because we were able to come up with a programme to follow during the course of the ongoing strike action.
We cannot divulge the programme for reasons, that are obviously known, but from tomorrow (today) onward, we are engaging in a ‘waya waya’ strike action as civil servants in the country. We shall be doing this together with SNAT" he said.
He said most of their activities would take place on government premises.
Dlamini said their membership was already aware of the plan of action.
Dlamini further said as far as they knew, their strike was legal.
Government Press Secretary, Percy Simelane last night said they expect the rights of those who want to go to work to also be respected.
"Government has made its position clear on illegal strikes through the prime minister, Minister of Labour and Social Security and, me, the government spokesperson. Nothing has changed.
"We expect the rights of all civil servants who come to work to be respected fully.
We would like to commend all the men and women of honour who continue to come to provide services to citizens of their motherland who travel from all over the country for services including health care.
"The state has a duty to protect them as they execute their duties," said Simelane.
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