It has surfaced that BOFEPUSU and its trade Unions, the Botswana Teachers Union and BOSETU had long started the action to report Botswana to the International Labour Organisation as way back as 2015, when the two teachers unions presented their complaint letter for the Education International Conference in Canada that year.
BOFEPUSU would also file a complaint to the International Labour Standars Department on July, 2016(BOFEPUSU’s 2016 letter of complaint is reproduced on page 24)
In their letter seen by the Monitor the BTU and Bosetu joint report raises alarm about Botswana’s Trade Dispute Bill No.12 of 2015.
The report said, “The government of Botswana has moved to extend the cadres of employees that are categorized as essential service. This is the second attempt after they attempted to do so immediately after the 2011 Industrial Action in 2012. The courts of laws reversed the 2012 attempt after BOFEPUSU took the issue to court on account of non - consultation and usurping the powers of parliament by the Minister of Labor”
BOFEPUSU Embrace BFTU Intervention
In the joint letter by BTU and BOSETU, the BOFEPUSU Unions did not demonstrate any hostility to rival federation, the
The bill had sought to widen essesntial sevices to include air traffic control services, Botswana vaccine laboratory services, Bank of Botswana, diamond sorting, cutting, and selling services, electricity services, fire services, health services, railways’ operational and maintenance services, wayer services, vertirinary services in public service, teaching service, , government broadcasting services, immigration and customs services.
The bill had further sought to ensure that employees in essential services shall not take part in a strike, and lockout.