Unions return to negotiations
MANZINI – Public servants returned to the negotiating table yesterday where they hoped government would make an offer on the demand for a 4.5 per cent salary increment.
ã€€However, SNAT Secretary General Muzi Mhlanga said there was nothing forthcoming from the joint government negotiations team apart from pleas that the strike be abandoned.
"They said teachers must return to class while we continue to negotiate on Thursday (tomorrow)," he said.
Mhlanga said the strike which begins today continues as planned while the SNAT leadership will return to the government negotiating team tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Mhlanga said marches and other activities were expected to resume in all four regions this morning as the stay away had followed all channels for a legal strike.
Chairman of the Joint Negotiation Team, who is Secretary to Cabinet Mbuso Dlamini confirmed that the public sector unions came for negotiations yesterday and that the talks would continue tomorrow.
However, Dlamini said he would not get into the details as all members of the team would issue a joint statement after the negotiations.
Meanwhile, Quinton Dlamini the President of NAPSAWU said going back to the negotiating table was one way of proving that it was not true that the unions had shunned the table.
"We had exhausted all channels before embarking on the strike," he said.
St Mark’s, Central, SOS pupils get half day
MBABANE – Pupils from St Mark’s High, Mbabane Central High and Herman Gmeiner (SOS) High Schools decided on an early break yesterday.
At around noon most of the pupils were on the streets as teachers did not show up to conduct lessons.
When interviewed, the pupils said they saw no point in remaining at school because teachers were not attending to them.
Some pupils from SOS who were found along the way said they had been waiting at the school and had decided to go back home. The same was said by pupils from Mbabane Central and St Mark’s High Schools.
Lets hope something positive will come out because asisati kutsi kahle-hle nguban lowrong b/n goverment and employer. What worries me the most is the pupils labashiyekako yet we have paid school fees.
Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 AM, success (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Government must come with a solution before things get worse (its late but not too late for a change).In order for things to get back to normal one must swallow his/her pride so in this case govmnt must swallow the pride and give the unions their 4.5%
Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 AM, smallynd dlamini (email@example.com)
Its pointless for students to go to school, its about time the Government and the Unions sort out their differences or else we would expect a high number of failers. Which is bad for the parents paying school fees.
Jul 25, 2012, 5:38 AM, Xolani Kunene (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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