Tuesday 2019-09-17




By King’s Office Correspondent | 2019-06-12

 If the objective of the ILO is to bring government, workers and employers together, then TUCOSWA meeting the King yesterday has to tick that box.

The TUCOSWA members, Quinton Dlamini, Mduduzi Gina and Simangele Mtsetfwa formed part of a delegation of the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) that paid a courtesy call on the king yesterday after his address at the 108th ILO conference.

The powerful ITUC delegation comprised of the Secretary General of ITUC Africa, the Deputy Secretary General ITUC Africa region, Director Workers Rights Africa region and Director of Education at ITUC.

None had declared any of the sides as sworn enemies, but the frequent battles between government and unions that at one point or another placed the country in the infamous special paragraph, had left the public wondering if they would ever share a meal together.


Well the king put all doubt to rest when he not only gave them time to meet him, but also allowed them to share their objectives before encouraging them to feel welcome to visit him back in Eswatini.

TUCOSWA’s Simangele Mtsetfwa could bear witness to the openness displayed by the king when she was afforded the rare opportunity to shake the hand of the Ingwenyama; much against cultural norms.

Witnessing this moment unfold was the minister of Labour and Social Security Makhosi Vilakati and the King’s Private Secretary Mbongeni Simelane as well as some members executive of employer representative from Business Eswatini.

Could this be a sign of better things to come on the labour front back home? Only time will tell.

  In his address at the ILO conference, His Majesty highlighted the need for government, workers and employers work in unity in order to overcome the challenges that now affect the future of work brought about by the fourth industrial revolution.

The king said government was working toward reviving the social dialogue mechanism to facilitate win-win outcomes that would create a conducive investment climate that provides social justice and protection of the rights of workers.

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