A front-page story yesterday in the government-owned Daily News stated that BOGOWU had expressed concern over statements made by other workers’ organisations levelled against political parties they are not affiliated to. BOGOWU reminded its members and the entire public officers that they have contractual obligations that they have to abide by in line with the Public Service Act No. 30 of 2008.
Motshwarakgole dismissed the story as a desperate attempt by government to use BOGOWU to fight other public sector unions. The NACLGPWU commonly known as Manual Workers Union is affiliated to the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU), which has been fervently campaigning against the ‘anti-labour movement politicians’, cabinet ministers in particular.
Motshwarakgole also said BOGOWU is not recognised by the employer, government. “They do not meet the one third threshold and as such they do not have organisational rights,” he explained. He charged that the Director of Public Service Management Carter Morupisi has been secretly assisting BOGOWU with deduction of subscription fees. Motshwarakgole has even launched contempt proceedings against Morupisi.
Manual Workers Union argues that by continuing to assist BOGOWU with deduction of subscription fees, the DPSM was disregarding the court order and that amounts to a crime. They want Morupisi to be jailed for violating a court order.
In 2011 the Court of Appeal declared recognition agreement of BOGOWU with DPSM to be null and void on the basis that the former did not have required membership to meet the threshold for recognition. Motshwarakgole’s union also wants DPSM to be ordered to stop providing BOGOWU with deduction code for the employee’s monthly subscriptions.
Efforts to contact BOGOWU leadership proved futile.