Mswati regime digging own grave with TUCOSWA May Day ban
JOHANNESBURG 30 April 2013:-The banning of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland from taking part in tomorrow’s May Day celebrations shows the Mswati regime’s increasing desperation to clamp down on the pro-democracy movement, according to the Communist Party of Swaziland.
The ruling by the Industrial Court that TUCOSWA cannot take part in May Day events because it is not recognised by the government, is a desperate ploy by the regime in Mbabane to stop workers from asserting their rights to form a federation, says the CPS.
The party’s general secretary Kenneth Kunene says the party is calling on all workers to defy any efforts to ban TUCOSWA.
“What the Mswati regime doesn’t understand is that the workers’ rights to form TUCOSWA is being supported by trade union confederations and organisations across the world. The regime is further digging its own grave by banning TUCOSWA.”
The CPS says that May Day is a crucial time of protest and the celebration of working class unity for the people of Swaziland.
“We call on workers in Swaziland to stand firm against any efforts to demoralise them or to weaken their resolve to act in unity under the banner of TUCOSWA,” says Kunene.
The CPS has also urged Swazi workers to refuse to recognise rulings from the Industrial Court, because it is part and parcel of the repressive anti-democratic machinery of the autocratic state.
Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining dictatorial monarchies. It has imposed a ban on political parties since 1973 and has attempted to crush the country’s burgeoning pro-democracy movement.
Later this year the regime will hold elections. But political parties are forbidden to take part in them. The CPS has called for a boycott of the elections and their peaceful disruption by voters.