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SCHOOLS OPENING IN LIMBO AS MAJOR STRIKE LOOMS

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MANZINI – The smooth opening of schools may be disturbed as a major civil servants’ strike is on the cards.


This comes after public sector associations (PSAs) took the ongoing cost-of-living adjustment impasse to CMAC.
The two parties; PSAs which represent civil servants in the matter and Government Negotiation Team (GNT), are set to face each other before the Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CMAC) next week Thursday.


Should a certificate of unresolved dispute be issued, the PSAs have vowed to take to the streets.
Schools, on the other hand, are scheduled to open for the first term on January 23, 2018, a week after the CMAC ruling.
The new developments in the matter were revealed by the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President, Freedom Dlamini, in the organisation’s New Year statement which was released by the Secretary General, Zweli Mndzebele, yesterday.


Meanwhile, the National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) President, Aubrey Sibiya, confirmed that the matter would be before CMAC and said a major strike action was imminent if they failed to reach common ground with government.


He explained that should they fail to reach a consensus with government, the commission would issue a certificate of unresolved dispute and they would definitely go to balloting and a strike action would follow if members would vote for it.
“I don’t see ourselves going back to the round table because we left due to lack of progress. The only thing that can make us go back there is to sign an agreement that our demand has been met,” he said.


However, Sibiya said as unions, they loved the country and respected the King. He said they believed in dialogue to sort out issues but because government was not willing to use that method as it had repeatedly ignored all their efforts when they persuaded it to cooperate on the round table.

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