Botswana: Govt Accused of Trying to `Muzzle` Public Sector Unions
Business Day (Johannesburg)
12 July 2010
Johannesburg — A FRACTIOUS relationship is developing between an increasingly politicised union leadership and Botswana’s government over union representation, with the largest public sector unions challenging the state in court over what they say is a disingenuous attempt to undermine them.
Five public sector unions took the government to court in Lobatse last Thursday over a new law which the unions said required them to reapply to receive recognition as representative trade unions.
Before last week they were recognised by the government for collective bargaining purposes.
“They want us to apply afresh to receive recognition as trade unions but they [continue reading]