Norwegians protest against police shooting

Norwegian union confederation protests police brutality against striking workers in Swaziland.

In a letter sent to Swazi Prime Minister, Ambrose Mandvulo, on Tuesday, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, LO Norway, protests against police firing rubber bullets and teargas at public sector workers on strike last week. Several of the strikers, who were demanding cost of living adjustments and a 7,85 per cent salary increase, were injured. Read more of this post

COSATU to help evicted Swazi sugar cane farmers

The President of South African trade federation COSATU met with Swazi sugar cane farmers. She promised to help them regain control of their land from Swaziland’s absolute monarch king Mswati III.

COSATU President Zingiswa Losi met with sugar cane farmers from Vuvulane, Mafucula and Shewula in Manzini, Swaziland on Tuesday. Here she got first-hand information on the ongoing evictions and harassment of the farmers by the Royal Swaziland Sugar Company and the Swaziland Sugar Association, Read more of this post

Swazi police shoot at demonstrators

Several workers were badly injured from beatings, rubber bullets and teargas fired by police in riot gear during demonstrations for better wages and working conditions in Swaziland on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people had stayed home from work and taken to the streets of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane, commercial centre Manzini, and smaller towns Nhlangano and Sitiki in demonstrations led by trade union congress TUCOSWA. Read more of this post

Nothing to celebrate for most Swazis

Swaziland is one of the world’s most unequal countries, where over ten percent survive on food aid. Absolute monarch King Mswati is celebrating his and his independent country’s 50th birthday by giving himself a new plane and throwing a huge party.

Today, Swaziland’s absolute monarch King Mswati III begun what Swaziland’s official tourist website refers to as “lavish celebrations” and “a party fit for a king”. Read more of this post

Swazis demand democracy at Global Week of Action

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane on Friday to deliver a petition which calls for democracy and socioeconomic justice to the country’s Cabinet.

The march was part of the annual Global Week of Action (GWoA) which, according to the organisers, is the biggest campaign for democracy in Swaziland. It is held during the week of Swaziland’s Independence Day, the 6th of September, and includes marches, seminars and workshops. Read more of this post

Swazi unions demand pay rise

Thousands of workers demand better wages during march to Swazi PM's office in Mbabane today BLOG1.500 Swazi workers marched in Swaziland’s capital Mbabane on Thursday, as part of a two-day strike action, where they delivered a petition to Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini demanding increased salaries for public sector workers.

The march was part of a six-month-long demand by Swazi trade union federation TUCOSWA for the government to release a salary review report that highlights working conditions of public sector workers across the country. Read more of this post

Fagbevægelse lovliggjort efter pres fra ILO og Danmark

Swaziland PUDEMO 2013 256”Anerkendelsen af vores faglige hovedorganisation, Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), giver os retten til at protestere og marchere tilbage, og mulighed for at stille krav til regeringen”, siger fagforeningsleder fra Swaziland Wander Mkhonta .

TUCOSWA blev i sidste uge registreret og anerkendt af det lille enevældige kongedømme Swazilands regering, efter tre år hvor alle organisationens møder har været erklæret ulovlige, og hvor landets regime har truet, overfaldet, arresteret og tortureret fagforeningsfolk i Swaziland. Read more of this post

Faglig hovedorganisation anerkendt efter tre års undertrykkelse

tucoswa skTrade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) blev tirsdag registreret og anerkendt af Swazilands regering, efter tre år hvor alle organisationens møder har været erklæret ulovlige. Den manglende anerkendelse af TUCOSWA var i strid med reglerne i den Internationale Arbejdsorganisation, ILO, som landet ellers selv har tilsluttet sig, og har medført en grov undertrykkelse af landets fagbevægelse. Read more of this post

Politiske ledere arresteret til 1. maj i Swaziland

Mario MaydaySom det efterhånden er blevet kutyme, er præsidenten for det forbudte parti PUDEMO blevet arresteret sammen med flere andre politiske ledere 1. maj i Swaziland.

Mario Masuku havde netop holdt en tale til medlemmer af den faglige hovedorganisation TUCOSWA, skriver vicegeneralsekretæren for PUDEMO Alex Langwenya i en mail til Afrika Kontakt. Tusinder af Swazier havde hørt ham tale ved et massemøde i landets største by Manzini.

Ifølge generalsekretæren for Swaziland’s studenterbevægelse, SNUS, blev studenterleder og generalsekretæren for PUDEMO’s ungdomsliga, SWAYOCO, ligeledes arresteret, angiveligt for at have sunget en sang med ordene ”Mswati må ud” om landets enevældige konge. Han skulle have været oppe til eksamen på universitetet i dag. Read more of this post

Swazilands politi knuser demokratimarch

Så er den gal igen i det lille enevældige monarki, Swaziland. Landets demokratibevægelses aktionsuge – det årlige ”Global Week of Action” – er igen i år blevet stoppet med vold og magt af landets politistyrker.

Ifølge rapporter fra People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), landets største politiske bevægelse, blev lederne af demokratibevægelsen – herunder PUDEMOs præsident Mario Masuku, og fagbevægelsen TUCOSWAs generalsekretær Vincent Ncongwane – i dag torsdag tilbageholdt og/eller sat under husarrest. Flere af demokratibevægelsens organisationer fik deres kontorer ransaget. Read more of this post