Parastatal workers want salary review
MBABANE - Nine government parastatals have written a letter to Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini reque-sting him to address the issue of their salary review.
The government parastatals are the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC), Swaziland Water Services Corporation (SWSC), University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC), Swaziland National Trust Commission (SNTC), Sebenta National Institute, Swaziland National Provident Fund (SNPF), SwaziBank and the Trust Commission.
In a letter delivered to the Prime Minister’s office on Friday, the workers stated that they had tried to engage management in their different companies but to no avail as they kept referring them to the circular that was issued by government through the Public Enterprise Unit, which dictates that increase on salaries shall be zero per cent. The workers have given the prime minister a seven-day ultimatum to respond to the letter.
"Honourable Prime Minister we trust that your good office will give this matter the urgency it deserves considering the fact that parastatals are an essential service and such our matters are to be dealt with within seven days," read part of the letter.
The unions also highlight that they are aware of the formula that is used to calculate the Major index and there is no way it can be zero per cent when considering that the inflation rate never reached zero per cent during the past financial year. Chairperson of the co-ordination committee, Innocent Ngcobo, said if they do not get any response within the stipulated period they will go back to their members who will be the ones to decide on the next step.
Government spokesperson Percy Simelane said he had not seen the letter from the parastatals.
"I am not saying the letter was not delivered at the Prime Minister’s office, but I have not yet seen it," he said.
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