Government de-recognizes unions

source: Sunday Standard
by Godfrey Ganetsang
04-07-2010

Government this week decided to de-recognise the five largest public sector unions, touching off a massive legal battle.

The five public sector unions, the Botswana Public Employees Union, the Botswana Secondary School Teachers Union, the Botswana Teachers Union and the Manual Workers Union on Friday filed an urgent application at the High Court seeking a declaration that government’s decision is unlawful and of no effect.

Speaking to The Sunday Standard on Friday, BOPEU President, Andrew Motsamai, said the respondents, the Director of Public Service Management and the Attorney General, have also been served.

The standoff comes in the wake of the implementation of the new Public Service Act, which effectively creates one employer for the public service. The consolidation of the public service under one umbrella and the establishment of one employer for [continue reading]

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