Swaziland: Teachers Vote for Strike

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Rural pupils fetch water for school.

Teachers in Swaziland have voted to strike indefinitely from next week, almost certainly closing down schools in the kingdom.

A total of 98.7 percent of Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) members who took part in a vote opted for a strike.

The strike for a pay increase of 4.5 percent is due to start on 13 June.

A previous strike intended for 9 and 10 May had to be called off after teachers failed to vote to support it.

Principal Secretary of the Swaziland Ministry of Education and Training Pat Muir said there was little government could do about the strike if all the proper channels had been followed.

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