From the TUC

Support trade unions in Swaziland

13 Aug 2010, By

On 7 September, the TUC and Action for Southern Africa will be joining trade unionists around the world to show solidarity with unions in Swaziland who are fighting poverty and feudalism. You can help by promoting an ACTSA e-action and by writing to the Swazi High Commissioner. Find out more.

Trade unionists in Swaziland, a Commonwealth country in Southern Africa with the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS and the longest state of emergency in Africa. Poverty and feudalism (the country is run by the King) are sustained by a dictatorship where unions are heavily restricted and activists are harassed, arrested and worse. Now, the Government wants to stop trade unionism from existing in the public services.

In response, the TUC and ACTSA are organising activities on Tuesday 7 September as part of Swaziland Democracy Day, which unions around the world will be marking. The aim is to mobilise support for democracy, good governance and respect for human rights in Swaziland, and oppose the Public Services Bill.

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