Civil servants seconded to Unions to assist Union Secretariats may soon part ways with the civil service to take up full time jobs as Union officials.
Public sector Unions affiliated to the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) intend to hire their Secretary Generals as full time members of staff.
BOFEPUSU has approved a resolution that could see Secretary General of Botswana Educators Sectors Trade Union (BOSETU)’s Tobokani Rari, Botswana Land Boards Local Authorities and Health Worker’s Union (BLLAWU) as well as Botswana Teachers Union (BTU)’s Ibo Kenosi become full time Union officers without any ties to the civil service.
The trio were recently recalled from secondment by the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) could be the first batch of Secretary Generals to be appointed full time Union officials.
Last week the High Court overruled government’s decision to recall the three Unionists from secondment on the grounds that the trio were not afforded a hearing.
However BOFEPUSU’s secretary for labour, Johnson Motshwarakgole, said despite the court ruling plans are at an advanced stage to hire Secretary Generals on a fulltime basis.
“We cannot survive on begging…We are in the process of hiring Secretary Generals,” Motshwakgole revealed in an interview with The Telegraph.
Motswarakgole said that what is left is for each Union, affiliated to BOFEPUSU to get the approval of their respective congress in December this year.
The federation says that it has resolved to relieve government of seconded manpower.
In a separate interview, DPSM director, Carter Morupisi, welcomed the move and insists it will save government money.
“We are trying to scale down on costs and we would appreciate it if Unions could assist us where they can,” he said.
He said secondment of public servants to do Union business while also employed in the public service is taxing financially for government.