Two long-time sworn archrivals, the Botswana Federation of Public Private & Parastatal Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) and the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU), have reached an agreement that amounts to a ceasefire.
A statement from the two labour federations states that they have agreed to work together to represent the Botswana workers at the forth coming 107th International Labour Conference scheduled to commence from 27th May to 9th June 2018 in Geneva Switzerland.
The statement says the armistice was reached in the best interest of Botswana workers.
“The two federations have amicably agreed that the leader of the Botswana labour delegation to the International Labour Conference would alternate between them, with BOFEPUSU leading the 2018 delegation to the 107th International Labour Conference. The federations have further agreed that the leader of the labour delegation shall share the speaking rights during the deliberations at the Committee of Application of Standards (CAS) with the substitute / alternate delegate who shall be from the federation not leading the delegation,” says the statement.
The same statement continues that with the latest development the two federations would like to assure the workers of Botswana that they are committed in forging a united front with a sole view of advancing and protecting the interest of the workers against any transgressions of international labour standards.
“The workers of Botswana and the general public would recall that central to Botswana’s transgressions as was discussed at the 2017 International Labour Conference is the amended Trade Dispute Act that has widely extended the essential service cadres resulting in an infringement of Convention 87 of the ILO.”