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    Nationwide strike shuts down eSwatini

    APA-Mbabane (eSwatini)

    Business came to a standstill in the eSwatini capital Mbabane on Tuesday as thousands of government workers embarked on a three-day industrial action to protest a stalemate in wage negotiations.

    Members of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) defied an order by acting Prime Minister Vincent Mhlanga earlier on Tuesday to abort the industrial action in order to give chance to stalled negotiations.

    More than 45,000 TUCOSWA members downed tools on Tuesday to protest the government’s refusal to award them a 6.5 percent cost of living adjustment.

    The strike paralysed business in the capital and other towns around eSwatini, forcing schools to close.

    Police officers were deployed across the country to maintain peace as workers blocked roads and forced shops to close.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Mhlanga had pleaded with TUCOSWA to call off the strike and also ordered that schools opened.

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