MANZINI: Phumelele Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland Union in Learning and Allied Institutions(SULAI) says some of their members have worked for six(6)months without pay.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, the SULAI President said their situation has been worsened by the political unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic adding that Government did not release the Free Primary Education (FPE) and the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC)grants on time.
"We demand that this matter must be addressed soonest before we lose more members and the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education should have a tripartite meeting with the Union to come up with solutions on this matter.Our members are parents too, it is very hard for them as they have to rent ,eat and do basic things", said the President.
Lady Howard Mabuza, the Minister of Education had not responded to our questions at the time of compiling this report.
When reached for comments, the Eswatini Principal Association (EPA) President, Welcome Mhlanga said he was not aware that some Schools Support Staff were working without being paid for such a long period.
"Thanks for contacting me, but I should mention that I was not aware of such and I can't comment much on the matter”, he said.
The affected schools include Mazombizwe Primary, Nqabaneni High , Phonjwane Primary and Duze Primary Schools to name but a few.
Schools support staff Chairperson Phumelele Dlamini.