There’s se­ri­ous ex­ploita­tion of work­ers here - SAPWU

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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.

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