FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) has urged the government to seriously consider adopting a three year tier negotiation system as that would calm tension between the two parties.
According to BOFEPUSU secretary general, Tobokani Rari, long-term wage deals are beneficial as they significantly improve industrial relations. “We agree with the principle of long term negotiations as opposed to short-term ones,” he confidently said, adding that annual negotiations consume a lot of time and result in a lot of tension.
“This view is also anchored on the reason that yearly negotiations consume time for the Public Service Bargaining Council as an institution, to the extent that the council would always be preoccupied with salary negotiations at the expense of its other equally important functions,” said Rari.
The same call was also made by the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) at their central executive committee conference which was held in Francistown. BOPEU argued that if such a system was implemented, the system would result in decisions being made over a three year period rather than short term cycles.
Rari went on to say that BOFEPUSU’s salary and conditions of service adjustment proposal for the financial year 2017/18 touches on the issue of the long-term cycle of negotiations.
Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi stated that he would seriously consider the suggestion of adopting a three tier negotiation system.
Meanwhile BOFEPUSU deputy Secretary General Ketlhalefile Motshwegwa revealed that they tabled a 10.5% proposal salary increment for its membership at the opening of the Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC). Information reaching this publication indicates that the hike proposal is meant to assist workers to cushion themselves against the high cost of living.