Nurses in Swaziland have been forced to abandon their strike over pay after the Industrial Court ruled it was illegal.
The court supported a government application to declare the nurses were unable to strike as they provided an ‘essential service.’ It is illegal in Swaziland for such workers to strike.
Nurses called a two-day strike this week to support a claim for a 4.5 percent pay rise. They joined teachers who have been on indefinite strike for more than four weeks and public servants who joined last week.
The strikes have been met with force by police in Swaziland which is ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch. As well as demanding more pay strikers have been drawing attention to the lack of democracy in the kingdom and calling for parliament to pass a vote of no confidence in the government.
NURSES JOIN PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKE