New Swazi trade union deregistered: suspend Swaziland now!
Ahead of a day of action by Swazi democrats and trade unionists on 12 April, the TUC has joined international trade union protests – organised by the ITUC – at the deregistration of the newly merged Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), which held its founding conference only a month ago. General Secretary Brendan Barber has protested to the Swazi High Commissioner in London, as well as to the Commonwealth Secretary General, reiterating the Commonwealth Trade Union Group’s demand that Swaziland be suspended from the Commonwealth for human and trade union rights abuses.
The deregistration, which will hamper the newly merged TUCOSWA’s attempts to organise, is a flagrant breach of ILO Convention 87 on freedom of association – and could hit the Swazi employers’ federation too. The TUC and ITUC will be raising the issue at the ILO conference this June, and adding it to the lengthy charge sheet against the last feudal monarchy in Africa.