MBABANE: Another Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) strike is looming as Public Sector Associations (PSAs) start consultations with their members from next week Monday. The PSAs have not been given COLA since 2016.
Speaking during a press conference called by the PSAs at the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) centre today, Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of SNAT said consultations with their members will commence on Monday.
“The PSA leadership will be going to all our branches to consult on the issue of COLA. We expect the membership to attend in numbers to give us a line of March as our principals,” said Dlamini.
When asked about the number of people expected per gathering, Dlamini said they will not copy from the delinquent officials from the Ministry of Education.
“We were disappointed to see the Government breaking COVID-19 regulations by gathering over 200 head teachers. PSAs are led by law abiding citizens who have the people’s interests at heart. We are going to adhere to the 100 people per gathering regulation. We will also observe social distancing as expected,” Dlamini said.
The PSA leadership will be at Nhlangano, Hlathikhulu, Mbulungwane and Mhlosheni on Monday. Oscar Nkambule, the President of National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) said they have noted the arrogance of the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education, Bertram Stewart.
“We have noted with utter dismay the behaviour of officials from the Ministry of Education. The PS is arrogant and he is doing things willy-nilly. He does not respect Emaswati. If he wants war, that we will give to him. Teachers are our relatives and members of the society before they are teachers. The pupils they teach are our children. PSAs are fully behind SNAT and we call Government to ensure that schools are safe for both the teachers and pupils. It is clear to all and sundry that COVID-19 is getting worse by the day. We have proposed that workers over 55 years of age and those with pre-existing conditions should be given an option of early retirement.” said Nkambule.
COLA strike looming