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Issue No. 2317

Swaziland: Sacked striking teachers rehired

Swaziland’s prime minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini agreed last Sunday that a group of teachers who were sacked for striking will be reinstated. The southern African country’s ministry of education had sacked more than 150 teachers at the end of July.

The teachers had taken part in a 14,000 strong seven-week strike. They were demanding a 4.5 percent pay rise. The country’s cabinet has awarded itself a 30 percent pay rise this year.

The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) took the government to court. It won the case, but the government has refused to re-employ the teachers it fired.

Under pressure, the king called a “peoples’ parliament” which looked into the matter among other issues. It called for the unconditional reinstatement of the fired teachers.

A SNAT executive member

TV and radio workers walk out in Namibia

Some 400 workers at NBC, the state broadcasting corporation in Namibia in southern Africa, have been on strike since midnight on Wednesday of last week. National television has been off air since Friday and state radio stations are only managing to put out a skeleton?service.

Members of the Namibia Public Workers Union are demanding a 13 percent pay increase. They have been offered just 4 percent, which is less than inflation in the country.

Strikers were frustrated at the slow pace of negotiations and walked out without official backing. They were inspired by a ten day strike by Namibian Coca-Cola workers in June. This won a flat rate increase of at least 40 percent for lower paid workers and 12.5 percent for other workers.

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Tue 21 Aug 2012, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2317
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