Swaziland crackdown on unions condemnedby TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – THE Congress of South African Trades Union (COSATU) has condemned Swaziland’s King Mswati III for his alleged brutal crackdown on unions.
This follows the banning of Swaziland’s labour federation – Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).
COSATU National Spokesman, Patrick Craven, said his federation was disgusted with the brutal attack on workers’ rights in the neighbouring country.
“The royal family regime continues to wage a relentless attack on the rights and dignity of workers,” Craven said.
“The banning of TUCOSWA and the continued attack on the rights of workers to associate, organise and speak out reflects a regime in crisis and desperately frustrated,” Craven added.
He said COSATU was calling upon the international trade union movement to intensify pressure on Swaziland’s tinkhundla regime in order to mobilise for the international rejection and isolation of the oppressive regime.
Craven said they remained prepared to support and intensify their own solidarity in support of TUCOSWA and the working class movement of Swaziland.
“We fully agree with TUCOSWA that the release of political prisoners, particularly PUDEMO President Mario Masuku whose health and medical condition is dire and requires our full and urgent focus,” said Craven.
– CAJ News
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