Parliamentarians go on ‘strike’

SWAZILAND: Parliamentarians go on ‘strike’
09 Nov 2006 16:56:07 GMT, Source: IRIN

MBABANE, 9 November (IRIN) – Swaziland’s parliamentarians have embarked on an unprecedented stayaway to protest against Cabinet’s inability to get grants paid to the elderly.

“These people [Cabinet ministers] are well-paid to do some work, but they are doing nothing,” said MP Marwick Khumalo during a raucous meeting of the House of Assembly on Wednesday night, when the members of parliament (MPs) gave Cabinet one week to start paying out stipends to people aged 60 and over, and voted unanimously to suspend all parliamentary work until then.

Two-thirds of the country’s roughly 1 million people live on US$2 or less day and many of those aged 60 years or older rely on the government’s quarterly pay-out of R240 ($32), or R80 ($10.50) a month, to subsist, often while bearing the burden of caring for HIV/AIDS orphans.

Read the rest below. Maybe we can get something like that here (or would anyone notice if Congress or the State House didn’t meet?)

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