As the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) harnesses its efforts for the long anticipated ‘mother of all strikes’, the union let fly a scorching attack at the Botswana Police Commissioner, Thebeyame Tsimako, for trying to intimidate the union members
The unionists say that he should back off from their endeavor.
A member of the Francistown BOFEPUSU Interim Committee, Johane Sithole, told the union rally in a raging anger that, last week, the Police Commissioner went from office to office in a bid to intimidate public workers by uttering threats that their salaries will be slashed down should they continue with the strike.
“Tsimako should lay his hands off from our endeavor and be concerned with the welfare and duties of the Police force as it is his rightful task,” he said.
However, the Secretary of the BOFEPUSU Interim Committee in Francistown, Tshekatsheko Lekang, also set guns blazing at the government security agents saying that they will not be intimidated by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) agents, the Police Force or the Botswana Defence Force (BDF).
He went on to urge the union members not to panic as this will be a protected strike and reminded the members that they have a right to strike as per the Public Service Act.
“We will not be intimidated and all we need is the employer to pay us a decent salary,” he said.
He mentioned that the only public employees who will not participate in the strike will be the bootlickers and added that they do not even care about them. Lekang went on to add that the union members should not be intimidated by their office bosses who may try to prevent them from taking part in the strike as it is their legal right to strike.
The rally was staged for the preparation of the Monday strike which will begin with the demonstrations at Chedu Choga Complex in Francistown South Constituency.