To­kens of E10 000 each al­legedly paid out to about 100 man­agers Ju­niors get E5 000 each


The f our- week st ri ke by S wazil a nd Rev­enue Au­thor­ity em­ploy­ees has paid div­i­dends for those who did not part take in the protest which saw some ser­vices grounded.

To­kens of E10 000 were al­legedly paid out this past week to nearly 100 man­agers whereas the amount for di­rec­tors could not be as­cer­tained.

This is ac­cord­ing to well-placed sources who pre­ferred anonymity see­ing as SRA man­age­ment and the work­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive Swazi­land Rev­enue Au­thor­ity Work­ers’ Union reached an agree­ment to cease talk­ing through the me­dia when the strike was ter­mi­nated, Jan­uary 12.

The em­ploy­ees who re­vealed this, said they were sure the amount reached over E2mil­lion see­ing as there were about 96 man­agers, ac­count­ing for over E1mil­lion, and con­sid­er­ing that the di­rec­tors al­legedly got paid more.

Ju­nior staffers who did not take part in the strike, es­pe­cially those who are not unionised, such as those from the hu­man re­sources depart­ment, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy as well as pay­roll de­part­ments, were said to have been paid E5 000 each.

“We are not sure how much was re­ceived by those who aban­doned the strike, but we know they re­ceived some­thing as they were all talk­ing a bout it in hushed t ones on Wed­nes­day through Thurs­day as soon as these amounts re­flected in their ac­counts,” the source al­leged.

Of note, even though there are over 400 unionised SRA em­ploy­ees, some of these did not take part and some aban­doned the strike be­fore it ended.

The pro­tracted strike took place from De­cem­ber 10 af­ter ju­nior work­ers called for an ad­di­tional 6.5 per cent in­crease to their salaries whereas they had re­ceived 6.8 per cent cost- of- liv­ing ad­just­ment ap­proved by SCOPE to all Cat­e­gory A paras­tatals. What started as a goslow and lunch- time pick­et­ing, turned into a full-force strike which saw over 400 work­ers down tools and protest at dif­fer­ent work sta- tions.

This re­sulted in a lock-out which saw work­ers then con­verge at dif­fer­ent venues while await­ing their em­ployer to re­lent and pay them the de­manded in­crease.

The lock-out was par­tially lifted De­cem­ber 27 to the next day, which was to en­able work­ers who wanted to re­turn to work to in­form their man­agers of their de­ci­sion.

Some e mploy­ees r e port­edly re­turned to work re­sult­ing in a war of words from their Pres­i­dent, Tremen­dous Dlamini, who la­belled them as those who be­trayed their cause.

The ex­act num­bers of those who re­turned was dis­puted as the union claimed 12 against SRA’s 22.

An­other lift­ing of the lock­out was an­nounced for Jan­uary 15 and work­ers were called to at­tend a meet­ing on the Satur­day be­fore the dead­line.

Be­fore the union could hold a meet­ing with em­ploy­ees to as­cer­tain whether the strike would con­tinue, union rep­re­sen­ta­tives as well as man­age­ment were called by Min­is­ter of Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity Win­nie Ma­gag­ula to her of­fices Jan­uary 12.

First to meet the min­is­ter were union lead­ers, who were closely fol­lowed by man­age­ment. De­spite con­firm­ing the meet­ing with the min­is­ter on t he day, SRAWU Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Moses Masilela would later re­tract all his com­ments con­cern­ing em­ploy­ees com­plain­ing that the E1­bil­lion which was said to have been col­lected by work­ers who were not part of the strike, was due to their ef­forts as well.

He had been called while man­age­ment met with the min­is­ter.

In the evening of the same day, both man­age­ment and union re­vealed their about turn con­cern­ing trashing their dif­fer­ences in pub­lic, through the me­dia.

Dur­ing the sub­se­quent pri­vate meet­ing be­tween union lead­ers and strik­ing work­ers; which the Sun­day Ob­server was able to at­tend Jan­uary 13; work­ers re­solved to re­turn to work Jan­uary 16, as op­posed to the Mon­day which was the cut-off date com­mu­ni­cated to them by the em­ployer.

Some of the SRA work­ers dur­ing their re­cent strike.

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