The 27 demands from 1993

In October 1993, the SFTU submitted to the Government a list of issues for negotiation which ultimately led to a mass stay-away in support of these demands in February 1994. Following the request of their members, the SFTU then presented the following 27 (ultimately consolidated into 26) demands to the Government:
  1. mandatory reinstatement of unfairly dismissed employees;
  2. replacement of the 26-week ceiling as compensation in the event of unfair dismissal with the ILO draft proposal of 166 to 226 weeks;
  3. recognition of 1 May as a public holiday;
  4. tax exemption for terminal benefits;
  5. one month's paid maternity leave;
  6. prohibition on contracting-out services;
  7. an increase in the enterprise security deposit from one month to three months;
  8. proof of the economic decline of an enterprise before retrenchment is permitted;
  9. conversion of the national provident fund to a pension scheme;
  10. seasonal employees should qualify for pension benefits;
  11. affirmative action ("localization") should be recognized as official policy;
  12. extension of the right to strike to all workers except those in essential services as strictly defined, including determining the workers who are essential and not globally speaking of the services;
  13. introduction of a national minimum wage;
  14. proper accommodation for the police and their families;
  15. ending the brutalization of street vendors;
  16. stopping privatization of the water services;
  17. no tax increase in that fiscal year;
  18. employees elected to Parliament should not be forced to resign from their jobs and should continue to be paid by their employer;
  19. the Government should guarantee that journalists are not victimized;
  20. the creation of an economic forum with representation from the social partners to deal with all economic issues of national importance;
  21. workers' participation in constitutional reform processes through their own nominated representatives;
  22. establishment of a national social security scheme;
  23. equality of opportunity and treatment for female employees;
  24. bus-owner exemption from sales tax on their vehicles;
  25. employers should use Swaziland College of Technology (SCOT) for their training needs;
  26. the ILO draft legislation should be submitted to the Labour Advisory Board with a view to presenting it to Cabinet as a basis for a new Industrial Relations Act.

Quoted from: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/gb/docs/gb268/gb-6c.htm