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Act Now! COSATU calls for the unbaning of TUCOSWA

COSATU endorses the campaign "ACT NOW to unban TUCOSWA" jointly with the Danish NGO Africa Contact and TUCOSWA. The campaign was launched on the 4th July 2013.

TUCOSWA is an organisation formed following a decision by trade union federations (Swaziland Federation Trade Unions and Swaziland Federation of Labour) to form one federation in Swaziland. The Merger was accomplished in March 2012 with the complete registration of the newly merged organisation. A month later without just reasons the government de-registered the federation as part of its clamp down on trade union movement therefore paralysing workers programs and rights.

We observed with keen interest in June 2013 how ILO handled the matter of Swaziland and we were encouraged by the condemnation of the arrogant and unthinkable behaviour of the Swazi government in the continued repression of the trade union movement and subsequent unjust de-registration of TUCOSWA. We commend ILO for their decisiveness in the matter by demanding the immediate registration of TUCOSWA and we hope stronger measures will follow to ensure workers and general human rights are observed by the government in Swaziland.

We understand that the Swazi Government will not respect the sanctions from ILO on its own therefore through this campaign we seek to mobilise more global support to pressurise Swaziland government to respect human rights and workers rights in particular in Swaziland. We demand that they register TUCOSWA with immediate effect and recognise the organisation as the workers voice in Swaziland.

We call on all our friends to and human rights activists to sign and endorse the campaign to send a clear message to the Swazi Government that the workers voice is heard throughout the world and the world can no longer stand by and watch when the regime viciously attacks human and workers rights.

For more information, contact:
Mduduzi Gini, TUCOSWA: +268 761 19211 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +268 761 19211 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting / comfortmgina@yahoo.com
Zanele Matebula, COSATU: +27 11 339-4911/24 / zanele@cosatu.org.za