SCU staff to march to min­istry to­mor­row

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Swazi­land Chris­tian Univer­sity (SCU) staff mem­bers have threat­ened to march to the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing to­mor­row to de­liver a pe­ti­tion where they are de­mand­ing that the min­istry at­tends to their griev­ances.

SCU Staff Chair­man Phila Dlamini said they would march from the Corona­tion Park to the min­istry. He said they were still op­ti­mistic that the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Mba­bane would give them a go ahead be­fore to­mor­row.

“The City Coun­cil called late yes­ter­day (Satur­day) be­fore close of busi­ness in­quir­ing about when we want to start the march. I told them that 10am can suit us,” Dlamini said. He said he was not sure whether that Sikhondze went on to state that­fail­ure to pay the salaries they will then take the matter to court to seek an or­der com­pelling the in­sti­tu­tion to pay.

He said for now the only is­sue on the let­ter of de­mand was that of pay­ment of salaries. call from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was giv­ing them a go ahead or not but he was for the thought that if al­lowed to march they would be given writ­ten per­mis­sion with rules guard­ing the march.

He said they are go­ing to de­liver a pe­ti­tion mainly about the in­jus­tice hap­pen­ing to them and the stu­dents. He said the sit­u­a­tion was now at a very crit­i­cal point whereby most of the staff is sur­viv­ing from do­na­tions from good Sa­mar­i­tans.

“This is purely caused by the ter­ri­ble de­ci­sion taken by the min­istry to close the in­sti­tu­tion with­out con­sid­er­ing the af­ter­math. No one is now will­ing to pay our salaries. We want the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing to act im­me­di­ately on this

He said they gave the in­sti­tu­tion a week to re­ply but up to yes­ter­day evening the in­sti­tu­tion had still not replied. “We are go­ing to the court since the man­age­ment hasn’t replied the let­ter,” he stated.

He went on to add that gov­ern­ment was deeply in­volved in this matter as is­sue. We want our salaries,” Dlamini said.

He went on to note that it was go­ing to be fair if there were on­go­ing talks be­tween the min­istry and SCU man­age­ment on the salaries.

He men­tioned that they were ex­pect­ing stu­dents to march with them as they de­mand that the in­sti­tu­tion must be re-opened.“

All this in­jus­tice hap­pen­ing to us is be­ing caused by the min­istry and it should ad­dress it,” Dlamini con­cluded.

The man­age­ment of SCU through the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, SiphoVi­lakati said had no com­ment on the is­sue.

Vi­lakati de­clined to even men­tion if the in­sti­tu­tion had re­ceived the let­ter of de­mand. in the Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment (MOE) it promised to pay money while the in­sti­tu­tion was to build the struc­ture.

He said even though gov­ern­ment has no con­tract with the work­ers due to the agree­ments signed with the in­sti­tu­tion, it is in­volved in the is­sue.

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