Wednesday, May 25, 2022

UB climbs down on its controversial pay structure

The University of Botswana management has been forced to discard its controversial salary pay structure that would have seen its Vice Chancellor, Bojosi Otlhogile, get a salary increment of close to 100 percent.

To avert a possible closing of the institution due to a deadlock over the proposed salary structure, UB management has agreed with the University of Botswana Academic and Senior Support Staff Union (UBASSSU) and Non- Academic Staff Union (UBNASU) to scrap the proposed pay structure of the Global Consult Report.

The decision was taken on Monday as the two Unions officially called off a strike, which has been ongoing since last week.

Instead, UB has settled to undertaking a ‘comprehensive job profiling and evaluation exercise for all support and academic staff’.

This exercise, it has been agreed, shall be carried out in phases, with the first phase expected to be finished in three months, while the duration for phase two exercise is at least eighteen months away.

It is hoped that the job evaluation exercise will help the University to come up with a new pay structure.

“The parties also agreed that they will embark on a fresh remuneration market survey. The Unions and management shall work together to develop the terms of reference for the survey (if needed),” reads part of the memorandum of agreement signed by the two Unions and UB management.

Further, the UB management and the two Unions have agreed to jointly appoint a consultant to undertake market remuneration survey. This, it has been agreed, shall be done in line with UB’s tender regulations and procurement procedures.

“The parties agreed that a document outlining the University compensation strategy will be developed through the bargaining process within eighteen months. This would take into account the development of a comprehensive, equitable and competitive University attraction and retention policy.

It has been decided that all agreements between UB and the Unions will be approved by the UB council and government’s wages policy committee.”

Furthermore, UB management has agreed that it will not implement ‘no work no pay rule’ against all its employees who have been on strike.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the general secretary, Lebohang Letsie, said, “we are quite happy with the agreement…we wanted to stop the looting,” as she explained that from the Unions’ point only those in management were going to benefit from the salary structure.
“The rest of the staff was going to get very little,” she said.

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