The Secretary General of the National Amalgamated Local, Central Government and Parastatal Workers Union, Johnson Motshwarakgole, has said that some manual workers employed by the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation are to get their retrenchment packages in the near future.
According to him, the Chief Executive of BTC, Tlholego Seretse, gave them the go ahead to list the names of all their members who would like to take the packages that are being offered by the BTC.
After compiling the list, they will hand it over to the BTC for payments to be made. “We are going to move fast and compile the names of all those who want to go and hand it to the management of BTC to enable them to pay our members who want to leave the corporation,” he sad.
Motshwarakgole said that their members had been making enquiries on this for a long time and he was happy now that the matter was likely to be concluded within a short time.
Asked how many of their members would be leaving, Motshwarakgole said that he did not know but that he hoped to have the exact figures after he met with their members.
He also reiterated that their position as a Union is that retrenchment for what ever purpose is bad in that it impoverishes people in the end.
However, Motshwarakgole said that they had now realized that retrenchment due to privatization was here to stay, adding that it could not be wished away. After this sad realization, he said, it was apparent that the only viable solution was to negotiate better retrenchment packages for their members.
Motshwarakgole said this is what they did. “We have done our best to see to it that our members get better packages and I am satisfied with what they will get when leaving,” he said.
This comes at a time when other employees of BTC, those who fall under the Botswana Telecommunications Union (BOTEU), are still battling with their management over their packages.
The Vice President of BOTEU, Nathaniel Kebalefetse, last week disclosed that mediation between them and BTC last week failed and that they were going to look at other avenues available to them to solve the matter.
He did not rule out the possibility of taking legal action, saying that “we are going to consider going to court if we feel that is the only option left to us.” BTC apparently wants to retrench in line with the government’s policy of privatising some of the parastatals. This policy was recently condemned by Batswana during a phone-in radio programme.