BIUST ordered to continue negotiations with BOSETU

BIUST PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
BIUST PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) has been forced to go back to the negotiating table with the Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) despite ditching it for another union, the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU).

The University called out for its dishonesty, has been ordered by the Francistown Industrial Court to continue negotiations with BOSETU for the interest of employees. BIUST has been at loggerheads with the union for reportedly unilaterally implementing Revised University Statutes and Implementation Guidelines of Policy on Academic Integrity without consultation with the union.

The accusations by BOSETU were that the University unilaterally implemented the statutes and, therefore, breached the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) between the parties, forcing litigation. The Francistown Industrial Court's Justice A R Tawana ruled in favour of BOSETU, explaining that the revised statutes of BIUST were never negotiated nor was there any consultation done with the union.

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