Swaziland: Teachers March On Ministry

Teachers in Swaziland are marching in the streets of the capital Mbabane today (3 August 2012) following their successful court action to stop the government sacking striking teachers.

The Industrial Court ordered the immediate reinstatement of the fired teachers and the restraint of government from continuing with the dismissals. The court ruled that the government did not follow legal procedure before firing the striking teachers.

The Centre for Human Rights, Swaziland, reports that close to 200 teachers are singing and chanting struggle songs as they march from the Industrial Court to the Ministry of Education. They want to deliver a petition calling on the Swazi Government to stop further sackings and to hold talks with the teachers.

The teachers were fired for participating in a strike for a 4.5 percent salary increase.

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