A statement from the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) – a banned organisation in Swaziland – congratulating the workers of Swaziland on the launch of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).
2 May 2011.
May 1 2011, the workers of Swaziland conducted the historical launch of a new workers federation in the country to incorporate the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions (SFTU), Swaziland Federation of Labour (SFL) and Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT).
PUDEMO once again congratulates the workers for collectively taking this very progressive step to unite. We are conscious of the fact that this has been a longstanding dream that the workers had been working hard to realize. This is a dream founded on the revolutionary and international call by workers for “ONE COUNTRY ONE FEDERATION, ONE INDUSTRY ONE UNION.”
We are of the view that this new federation brings in a new dawn in the socio-political history of the country. Now the workers have a bigger and strong platform and vehicle to fight for their demands in the work place. This is a united platform on which the workers can now challenge and call for government to account on its socio-political decisions. But most importantly this structure shall equip the working class with a broader and united platform in the call for the inevitable transition from tinkhundla to a multiparty democratic system of governance in the country.
TUCOSWA must realize there is a long way to go and a lot of challenges that shall come their way. These challenges shall come from the regime which we are sure is not at all impressed with this development. It is therefore, of critical importance to stay alert and remain united to overcome the challenges. TUCOSWA must be conscious to the fact that with its formation, the oppressed and poor masses in the communities where workers originate, have firmly placed their hopes on them for their protection liberation and a better life.
VIVA TUCOSWA VIVA!
FORWARD WITH WORKER UNITY FORWARD!
FORWARD WITH WORKER POWER FORWARD!