Schools to open but…
SCHOOLS will open in January as expected but lessons might be disturbed.
This is because the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) will be going to the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commission (CMAC) to seek for a certificate of unresolved dispute after reaching a deadlock with government on the Cost of Living Adjustment (CoLA) yesterday.
SNAT Secretary General Sikelela Dlamini said they would mobilise the teachers and were looking to stage a mass protest on January 28.
“Now that government has offered yet another 0.0 per cent CoLA, we are going to take the deadlock to CMAC and we would mobilise the teachers so that we stage a proposed mass protest on January 28,” he said.
Proved Dlamini said signing of the deadlock was long overdue as it government’s fiscal position proved that they had no money in their coffers but the media was invited so that it appears as though the deadlock was reached after mutual agreement between the two parties.
SNAT engaged in a protest back in August which saw the association’s members clash with the police, resulting in a gun-wielding senior police officer Raphael ‘Sikheshekheshe’ Maseko based at the Manzini Police Station floored by an aggressive teacher during a violent clash while an ambulance had to rush one of the teachers, Willie ‘Mawillies’ Dlamini to the nearest hospital after he had received a piercing gunshot wound on his left arm.
The bloody clash was over government’s offer of zero per cent cost of living adjustment (CoLA) offer.
DEADLOCK: Madlopha and some of the executive members leave at the end of the meeting.