Mbabane: Launch of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA)

The Bureau for Workers' Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) took part in the founding congress of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) from 10-11 March 2012. The event marked the merger of the country's two main trade union centres, the SFTU (Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions) and the SFL (Swaziland Federation of Labour). The SNAT (Swaziland National Association of Teachers) has also joined them in the new centre.

Press release | Mbabane,Swaziland | 12 March 2012

Mbabane, 12 March 2012 (ACTRAV INFO) – The Bureau for Workers' Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) took part in the founding congress of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) from 10-11 March 2012. The event marked the merger of the country's two main trade union centres, the SFTU (Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions) and the SFL (Swaziland Federation of Labour). The SNAT (Swaziland National Association of Teachers) has also joined them in the new centre.

The merger is part of moves to strengthen the country's trade union movement, so as to better meet workers' expectations.

At the end of the congress, a 14-member bureau drawn from the three centres was established to lead TUCOSWA.

However, after warmly congratulating the new centre, Swaziland's Minister of Labour went on to announce a judicial ruling that TUCOWASA's registration has been annulled.

Faced with this blatant violation of freedom of association (ILO Convention N°87), unions from Southern Africa as well as regional and international organizations, have expressed their outrage and renewed their solidarity with the TUCOSWA.

For more information, contact:

Ms. Inviolata CHINYANGARARA
Senior Specialist in Workers' Activities, SRO-Harare
Tel: +27.12.818.8000
Email: chinyangarara[at]ilo[dot]org