Unions in­sisted on Tues­day’s mass protest

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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.

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