Swazi shop workers take wildcat strike action

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Swazi shop workers take wildcat strike action

Swazi shop workers take wildcat strike action. World Socialist Web
Site www.wsws.org. Workers Struggles: 4 January 2008

Shop workers at the Nhlangano Spar in Swaziland took strike action at
the end of 2007 to demand their wages be increased by 15 percent. The
workers, members of the Swaziland Manufacturing and Allied Workers
Union, complain that their wages have been eroded by inflation and
that managers have refused to give commensurate pay increases,
offering them only 7 percent.

Management recruited casual workers to take the place of the strikers,
further inflaming their anger. Police were drafted into the Nhlangano
Mall shopping complex and the workers threatened with forceful removal
if they did not move away from their workplace.