There’s serious exploitation of workers here - SAPWU
The Swaziland Agriculture and Plantation Workers Union (SAPWU) says the dismissal of the two Eagles Nest workers confirms allegations of gross exploitation of workers at the poultry company.
SAPWU Secretary General Mancoba Dlamini said as the representative trade union seeking collective bargaining rights at Eagles Nest, they were grossly concerned about these union bashing acts.
“We are concerned about the disregard of the employees’ rights and it confirms the allegations that there is serious exploitation of workers in this workplace. Employees who have been in continuous employment for over 13 years are still in short and casual contracts,” Dlamini said.
“By attempting to then form a workers’ council, expelling the alleged organisers is a violation of ILO’s core convention, and the statutes of the country,” he continued.
The unionist went on to promise that SAPWU would ensure that dismissed workers are reinstated back to their positions at Eagles Nest by all means necessary.
Two weeks ago, Dlamini confirmed that more than 90 per cent of workers at the farm had applied for membership of the union. He said the membership was granted to the workers.
Dlamini said SAPWU had applied for recognition at the Eagles Nest in line with the Industrial Relations Act.
“We have observed that there is severe intimidation going on in such a way that I had to secretly engage workers when they wanted to sign the applications for membership.”
SAPWU Secretary General Mancoba Dlamini.