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PEU CIRCULAR CAUSES DISPUTE BETWEEN STA, FOUR MANAGERS

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MBABANE – The PEU Circular No.3 of 2016 has caused a dispute between the STA and four of its managers.


STA is an acronym for Swaziland Tourism Authority and PEU is the Public Enterprise Unit.
The managers have won an arbitration award from the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CMAC) to have the organisation pay them E13 728 each as back pay.


The four managers are Sipho Simelane, Sebenzile Ginindza, Chunky Dlamini and Doctor Mlotsa.


review


According to the background of the matter, the four are middle managers employed in various capacities. In August 2017, the STA effected an increment on the managers’ salaries review recommended by the Cabinet Standing Committee on Public Enterprise (SCOPE).


The salary increment was backdated to April 1,2017. The managers were dissatisfied with the effective date for the back pay and argued that it should have commenced on December 1, 2016.
The STA maintained that the back-pay was correctly determined.
The managers reported a dispute of unfair labour practice on October 17, 2017 and it was conciliated, but remained unresolved.


amended


The parties requested arbitration in terms of Section 85(2) and (3) of the Industrial Relations Act (as amended), and a certificate of unresolved dispute was issued by CMAC on November 29, 2017.


STA and the managers elected to file a statement of agreed facts and dispense with the oral evidence.
The statement of agreed facts stated that STA commissioned Kobla Quashie Consultancy to review the salaries of all the staff in 2015. The STA Board resolved and recommended to the minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs to increase the salaries of staff by 8.5 per cent.

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