BFTU to put policies to congress

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The strategic plan of the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions, the organisation's statements on globalisation, privatisation and social security for workers do bear testimony to the claim of the leadership that the development of policy documents has been central to their activities over the past 30 years.

The great challenge of the outgoing leadership will be to put these policies - apparently many of them not new to the older affiliates - to congress on March 24.  Congress is likely to elect a new leadership, perhaps the bulk of it from the newly registered trade unions, which emerge from the civil service whose employees were prohibited from full enjoyment of the right to'freedom of association'.

This right was extended to the government employee associations - several of them classified as 'essential services' thereby denying them the right to strike - only after parliamentary legislation in 2005 which put into legal effect the human rights conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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