MBABANE: Government is currently engaging the Eswatini National Provident Fund (ENPF) regarding the proposal that might result to the payment of savings for textile workers in the midst of COVID-19 crisis, senior insiders told this Swaziland News.
Reached for comments by this publication, Labour Minister Makhosi Vilakati said he would need to do some consultations by contacting relevant stakeholders on the matter before making a comment, he did not deny knowledge of the proposal.
“I will have to do some consultations regarding the status of the matter before commenting” he said.
This comes after the Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) proposed that the Provident Fund should consider assisting the workers by paying their savings, so they mitigate the challenges that comes with the COVID-19. Warnder Mkhonza, the ATUSWA Secretary General blamed government for staggering in addressing the plight of textile workers.
“It is disheartening to learn that Eswatini government derives pleasure in the suffering of textile and apparel workers. As the leadership of the union, we have it on record that ENPF has committed herself to assist the affected workers, however, government is staggering” said the ATUSWA Secretary General.