31 May 2018

The Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA), welcomes the Industrial Court judgement delivered on this day, the 31st day of May 2018, directing Spintex Swaziland (PTY) LTD, a yarn and cotton processing company to pay workers their wages for December 2017. The Court find that; “In the circumstances it is not an idleness for which the employees are to blame. The employees ought to be paid their wages”.

This judgement confirms our position that the company should pay workers their wages from the time Spintex was burned down to this very day and we will make sure that the company do what is required.

We are aware that in the mind of the employer the company is closed and that is why the Director of the company was refusing to pay wages in time yet he was taking away money from the company. That is why the company applied and was granted permission to close while the company was still burning, and after realizing that the company would be required to pay terminal benefits, the company opted to manipulate our legal processes in order to avoid paying workers.

We call upon the employer to pay workers all their outstanding wages and annual leave for 2017. We further call on the company to abandon the sham disciplinary hearings and to negotiate fair and equitable terminal benefits for all the workers.

Lastly we want to assure management that the union will stand by the workers in their struggle to be paid their dues. If it means going after the directors of the company in their individual capacity we would not hesitate to do so.

Regarding the allegations directed to the union and its leaders that they are responsible for burning the company we have taken legal advice and we are coming after all those who defamed the reputation of individuals and our glorious worker organization.

Issued by


Wonder Mkhonza

Secretary General

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