Last week as the Botswana Federation of Public Service Unions (BOFEPUSU) celebrated its 1st Strike Anniversary countrywide, the Interim Chairman of BOFEPUSU in Francistown, Thatayamodimo Xhabue, expressed anger over government’s failure to take their grievances seriously, and added that they will not hesitate to launch a second country wide mass strike.
Xhabue said that the government should take heed of the fact that the strike is not over, but under suspension.
“We are working with a very stubborn employer who does not respect his employees. I need to make it clear that the strike is under suspension pending our court cases. Should the government continue with its stubbornness, we are going to resume the strike and we are ready,” he said.
Xhabue blamed the government for failure to allow them representation in the Bargaining Council, saying that it is negotiating in bad faith. He expressed concern saying that they submitted three names of their members to represent them in the Bargaining Council but the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) ignored the request.
“This clearly shows that our employer is very stubborn and does not care about our welfare,” he added.
He said that although they had to go through adversities during their first two months strike last year, they would still resume the strike as they are fighting for a good cause. He added that they learnt some lessons in the past strike and have mapped their way forward.
Xhabue also said that they will continue to fight a battle for employees who were unfairly dismissed by government during the strike.
“We will continue to fight our battle for our fellow 393 employees who were unfairly dismissed during the strike,” he said.