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LIMKOKWING WORKERS VOTE TO STRIKE

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MBABANE – Workers at Limkokwing University of Technology have voted for a strike action.

These are the workers affiliated to the National Workers Union of Swaziland Higher Institutions (NAWUSHI), whose majority favoured the strike. Voting was done through a balloting exercise, a process that was facilitated by the Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CMAC) in terms of section 86(2) and section 86(5) of the Industrial Relations Act 2000.

According to a copy of the results, Mfanimpela HR Dube, the CMAC case management officer, led the process.
The copy of the letter was copied (CC) to the Human Resource Manager at the address of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. The resolution was taken on February 28.

Refrained

A total of 55 employees voted while 18 refrained from voting. Out of 73 members, 50 of them, accounting for 68.5 per cent voted for a strike action. Those who did not vote – the 18 members – make up 24.7 per cent. However, five of the 73 employees were against the strike. They make up 6.8 per cent. There were no spoilt votes.

The NAWUSHI President Sikelela Ngwenya confirmed the balloting exercise. When quizzed as to when there strike might happen, Ngwenya said the membership was yet to meet and determine the next course for the strike action to continue. Stan Simelane, the Secretary General of NAWUSHI, said the deadlocked over salary increment for 2023/2024. He said there were 10 items on the agenda, which were unfortunately not fulfilled by management. Sources said workers were calling upon management to accede to their demands.

Demanded

Initially, they demanded seven per cent cost-of-living adjustment, which management turned down in preference to 3.5 per cent that was rejected by the workers. The workers came down to 5.5 per cent. It is not clear if management will accede to the five per cent.

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