News / Africa

Swaziland Workers Group Appeals Court Recognition Decision

King of Swaziland Mswati III (Front) and one of his 13 wives disembark from a plane after arriving at Katunayake International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 13, 2012. (Reuters)King of Swaziland Mswati III (Front) and one of his 13 wives disembark from a plane after arriving at Katunayake International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 13, 2012. (Reuters)
x
King of Swaziland Mswati III (Front) and one of his 13 wives disembark from a plane after arriving at Katunayake International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 13, 2012. (Reuters)
King of Swaziland Mswati III (Front) and one of his 13 wives disembark from a plane after arriving at Katunayake International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 13, 2012. (Reuters)
Peter Clottey
The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) plans Monday to appeal a court decision seeking to force the government to recognize the workers group.

Nduduzi Gina, first deputy secretary general of TUCOSWA, says there is need for the Industrial Court of Appeal to uphold the country’s constitution, which allows for the registration of workers federation groups.  Swaziland’s Industrial Court has ruled TUCOSWA cannot be registered as a workers federation.

“We would be filing our appeal against the ruling of non-recognition by the state.  We are saying we don’t agree with the ruling of the industrial court, so we are taking it to the industrial Court of Appeal,” said Gina.

King Mswati III’s government has refused to recognize the workers group, stating the Industrial Relations Act does not allow for the registration of federations, but only trade union organizations.

But leaders of the workers group disagree, saying the administration is trampling on workers’ rights as enshrined in Swaziland's constitution.

Supporters of the administration contend TUCOSWA is a political party disguised as a workers federation to destabilize the country through agitation and strikes to pressure the government in the group’s demand for democratic reforms.  Gina disagrees.

“A political agenda, we don’t know what they are talking about when they say [we have] a political agenda,” continued Gina, “We are of the view that the ruling of the industrial court should be respected if it is in our favor.”

The constitution bars political parties from participating during elections, although it allows the freedom of assembly.

“The government is claiming that Swaziland is a democratic country.  Democracy must be seen in practice and democracy must be seen by the opening of the freedom of association,” continued Gina, “if people in their individual capacities being leaders of the federation are aligned to various political parties, as a federation we don’t have a problem with that, because [the leader] ... can be aligned to any church of his choice or any football club of his choice.”  

Gina declined to comment on the prospects of TUCOSWA’s appeal to the Industrial Appeals court.

 “I may wish not to get into the question of the prospect because that would appear as though I am jumping the gun,” continued Gina, “the first ruling was to the effect that the government must call for legislative reforms that would enable a federation to be registered.”

Some observers say it’s unlikely the administration would recognize the workers group, even if the court rules in TUCOSWA’s favor.

“We are of the view that the government must recognize us ... so if then the court of appeal would find that, yes the current position of the law allows for the federations then that would be it [and] then that would reinstate the registration of TUCOSWA,” concluded Gina.

Critics say the Swaziland administration has stifled political opposition by pressuring human-rights organizations, trade unions, and civil society groups and banning all political parties.

Analysts say King Mswati III’s level of power is so significant - despite the 2006 reintroduction of a constitution - that the country can be considered an absolute monarchy.
Clottey interview with Nduduzi Gina,TUCOSWA official
Clottey interview with Nduduzi Gina,TUCOSWA officiali
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served More

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities More

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

Downing of Malaysian airliner, allegations of cross-border shelling move information war in war-torn country to a new level More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
July 31, 2014 8:13 PM
The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Gazans in Shelled School Sought Shelter

Israel's air and ground assault against Hamas-led fighters in Gaza has forced many Palestinians to flee their homes, seeking safety. But safe places are hard to find, as VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jabaliya.
Video

Video Rapid Spread of Ebola in West Africa Prompts Global Alert

Across West Africa, health officials are struggling to keep up with what the World Health Organization describes as the worst ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed hundreds of people this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are watching the developments closely as they weigh what actions, if any, are needed to help contain the disease.
Video

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.
Video

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

AppleAndroid