Thursday, January 28, 2021

Employees accuse BOPEU of non-representation

Some employees of the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Department of Student Placement and Welfare, who were early this year interdicted on grounds that they were being investigated for possible fraud then reinstated and transferred to different Departments within the Ministry, are complaining that their Union, Botswana Public Service Employees Union, has not taken action on their case though they have long reported it to them.

According to one of the concerned employees, they have long reported the matter to their Union hoping that the Union would have come to them to inform them of what action, if any, they have taken but that has not happened.

”As we speak, we do not know if the Union is even doing anything about our complaint or not and we think that they should inform us on this,” said the concerned employee, who refused to be named.
When they were recruited into the Union, he said that they were told that, by joining the Union, they would be making sure that they get full representation in matters relating to their rights as workers but that they are now not getting the promised representation.
“We seem to be on our own though we have been promised protection by the Union when we were recruited,” said the employee.

Another employee, who also spoke on condition that his name is not used, said that what pains them even more is that they are paying a subscription fee to the Union and that, as a result, they expect representation in such matters as the one they are currently facing.

He said that the Union seems not to be concerned about their plight even though they are paying full subscriptions to it.

“When such a thing happens, one asks himself why he is being made to pay monthly subscriptions when, at the end of the day, they are not getting what they expected in the form of representation,” he said.

If this continues, he said, they might reconsider payment of subscriptions to the Union.
Some sources, however, say that the concerned employees have since consulted a private lawyer, Dutch Leburu, to help them on the matter. Their main demand is that they be told the results of the investigations that Minister Pelonomi Venson had told the Parliament were going to be carried out on them when they were initially interdicted and that the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime should state whether or not they are still under investigations.
All attempts to talk to the Union’s President, Andrew Motsamai, were futile as he never returned any of our calls.

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