The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) has issued a statement of their intention to lodge a complaint with the International Labour Organisation, centering on what the Union says is “atrocities committed by Botswana government as an employer upon public service workers and public service trade unions in the country”.
The statement also said that it is common knowledge that human and trade union rights in Botswana are deteriorating at an alarming pace as reflected by, amongst others, the restriction of unionization to large sections of public sector, deregistration of BOFEPUSU, government’s bad faith during the 2011/2012 salary negotiations, government’s unfair dismissal of essential service employees during legal strike, harassment and police brutality on workers during the strike.
The union also intends to raise a complaint against government’s “essentialisation” of teachers, diamond sorters and veterinary employees, government unilateral offer and implementation of 3 percent increment after the strike.
The statement further states that they will also raise a complaint about government’s withdrawal of organisational rights to recognize unions and harassment of union leaders and the non-functioning of the public service bargaining council.
BOFEPUSU recently threatened that they might consider another strike if government continues to ignore their calls for negotiations on salary increament.