Monday, April 19, 2021

BCP urges unemployed to join public service strike

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Chairman of National Organizing Committee, Molefe Mosothwane, has urged the unemployed to join the public servants unions during the ten day strike.

Mosothwane said this when addressing a political rally at Gaborone Bus Rank.

He said BCP fully supports the public service unions, stating that eight years without salary increment is totally unfair to employees. He stated that by joining the strike, they expect the government to take unions petitions into consideration. He criticized the ruling party, saying that it has failed to deliver for the past 40 years. 

He warned that Botswana might turn to military government anytime during the strike. 

“Botswana is a rich country which was not much affected by the recent economic downturn,” said Mosothwane.

He urged other opposition parties to also support the unions on the strike. He cited an example of a BDP activist and business woman Tebelelo Seretse, now Ambassador in Washington who was once caught by camera firing her employees publicly during her tenure as Minister of Transport and Communications. He accused BDP for not respecting other people’s feelings, especially the low paid employees.

Meanwhile, Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) Publicity Secretary, Goretetse Kekgonegile, has confirmed to The Telegraph   that the public service strike that started on Monday will last ten days.

He accused the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) Director Festina Bakwena of intimidating other public servants not to take part in the strike.

“We welcome all political parties who wish to support the unions during the strike,” said Kekgonegile.

Meanwhile, the three opposition parties, the BNF, BCP and BMD have told trade union leaders that they stand ready to take over should government collapse as a result of the strike.

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