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MANZINI – The hosting of the commemoration of this year’s Workers Day has taken another twist as the police have said they would only allow recognised workers’ unions to celebrate the day tomorrow.

The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) is currently not recognised as it has still not been registered, though it officially applied for registration with government.

Police Information and Communications Officer Assistant Superintendent Khulani Mamba sent a statement to this publication yesterday, where he said only recognised unions will be allowed to celebrate the Workers Day.
Mamba said in the past two days, much coverage has been given by the print media on the upcoming Workers Day celebrations, slated for tomorrow.

He said comments from the police were also sought with regard to the celebrations planned by workers, especially on how these would be handled from a law and order perspective.

“Suffice that, it surprises us as it appears that there is a hullabaloo around the commemoration of the May Day, yet this is an internationally recognised day, which has always been commemorated in the country.

“Having said this, as a police service, we wish to point out as previously stated, that we will be present at the celebrations for the purpose of making sure that law and order is maintained. However, this is on the premise and understanding that the Labour Day is to be commemorated by recognised workers’ unions in the country,” Mamba said.

Comments (1 posted):

Vikizitha Mngomezulu on 30/04/2015 11:08:05
Tucoswa is made up of recognised unions and it had a certificate of recognition before government decided otherwise.Government cannot decide do as like on the sacred rights of workers.

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