Unions insisted on Tuesday’s mass protest
Public Sector Associations insisted on mass protest on Tuesday where the PSA workers delivered a petition querying how government allowed the transgression of increasing salaries for some government employees against laid down procedures.
This stance was communicated to the ministry of public service in a letter dated, October 20.
This follows the leak of the salary adjustment process that the ministry is at the advanced stage of implementing. Immediately, after the publication of the article by The Times of Swaziland publication, the PSAs, felt the ministry was secretly and unlawfully adjusting the positions outside the appeals process.
The unions in a letter dated October 17, expressed their disappointment and requested the ministry to explain the move within two days.
“We have learnt with dismay the latest moves by government to adjust certain positions within the civil service outside the appeal process. You will remember that the Joint Negotiation Forum (JNF) agreed that regrading any position from those that were fixed by the salary review report of the LCC would be out of the process of an appeals process,” reads part of the letter by the unions. The unions said they believed the action by government undermined the spirit of the JNF and was aimed at undermining the unions.
In the media reports the unions blasted government saying this was an insult to them considering that government had for the past three months tabling zero per cent increment on the cost of living adjustment citing that the country was living from hand to mouth been due to the fiscal crisis. The unions wondered where the funds to sustain the adjustments was going to come from if government was telling the truth that the country had no money. In response the ministry said such money would be taken from the vacant posts reserves.