Electricity workers in Swaziland defied a court order on Monday (5 November 2017) and went on strike in a dispute over pay bonuses.
Many parts of the kingdom were reportedly left without power.
Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) workers in the Swaziland Electricity Supply Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (SESMAWU) are complaining that bonuses owed over the past two years are unpaid.
The Industrial Court banned the strike saying that SEC employees provided an essential service.
The strike took place without the backing of the SESMAWU leadership. It started at 9 am and reportedly ended at about 3pm.
The SEC is a parastatal that is controlled by the government of King Mswati III who rules Swaziland as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch.
The Swazi Government has halted all bonus payments in about 50 public enterprises, including the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Swaziland Railway, Public Service Pension Fund (PSPF), Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) and Swaziland Water Services Corporation (SWSC).
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