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Thursday, 23 June 2011

STRIKING SWAZI NURSES VICTIMISED

Nurses in Swaziland who went on strike in March 2011 to force the government to pay them overdue wages and allowances are being victimised by employers.


Nurses have been forced to attend disciplinary hearings and accused of engaging in an ‘illegal strike’.


Public hospitals were closed during the strike and the nurses’ action made news all the way across the world.


The order by management came after the nurses held their own mass meeting two weeks ago, where they resolved not to attend the hearings, media in Swaziland report.


In March, police armed with rifles and batons tried to stop 400 peacefully marching nurses from protesting.


In May 2011, nurses mounted a daily picket to draw attention to the poor level of services available at public hospitals.

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