5 August, 2021eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) has been rocked by strong protests since end of May. Join our call to action supporting protestors calling for democratic reforms in Africa’s last absolute monarchy.
Unions in eSwatini are urging the government to undertake democratic reforms. Tomorrow, 6 August, unions in the country are marching to parliament. Join our day of action together with the ITUC and send letters to the eSwatini government, as well to your own government, supporting the protestors and calling for urgent pressure on the eSwatini government.
The protests began in May as the government refused to accept petitions for democratic reforms that included reducing the powers of the monarchy and allowing the Prime Minister to be democratically elected. Currently the Prime Minister, ministers and some Members of Parliament and Senate are appointed by the king.
“Global solidarity can make a difference, and we urge you to take action supporting our fellow unionists in eSwatini. IndustriALL calls on the government to engage in an inclusive dialogue to resolve the situation,”
says IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches
IndustriALL affiliates in eSwatini, ATUSWA and the Swaziland Electricity Supply, Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (SESMAWU), call
“upon the government to open the political playground and be accommodative to dialogue on dissenting political views”.