eSwatini

eSwatini, Swaziland, worker rights, human rights, Solidarity Center

The Solidarity Center is working with union federations in Africa and internationally to build solidarity and urge the eSwatini government to protect freedom of association and other basic rights. Credit: Solidarity Center/Kate Conradt

The Solidarity Center in eSwatini is building labor solidarity in Africa and at the international level to help the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) exercise its right to form unions and protect its leadership from government attacks. The Solidarity Center has also worked with transportation unions, successfully increasing their organizing and bargaining capacity, and helped TUCOSWA conduct research on working conditions in Swaziland’s textile industry.

Unions and opposition parties pressing for a transition to greater parliamentary democracy have been severely repressed, with grassroots leaders beaten and imprisoned and groups banned from participating in civil society. TUCOSWA has consistently been targeted by the government.

The Solidarity Center is working with trade union federations in Africa and at the international level to build solidarity and urge the government to protect freedom of association, register TUCOSWA and cease attacks on TUCOSWA’s leadership.

Media Contact

Kate Conradt
Communications Director
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