BOFEPUSU appeals Bargaining Council judgment


The Court of Appeal (CoA) is scheduled to hear a case by the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) seeking the definition of the role of the Public Sector Bargaining Council (PSBC).

The BOFEPUSU deputy secretary general Ketlhalefile Motshegwa said the application would be heard on January 23.

The case arose after Justice Michael Leburu of the High Court ruled last year that the four percent salary increase by the government would not stop BOFEPUSU from bargaining for a higher increase or seek redress through a normal court process, rather than on urgency.

Last year the federation applied for a High Court order to restrain President Ian Khama and the then Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) boss Carter Morupisi from making pronouncements on public service salary negotiations.

The federation also wanted the High Court to reverse government’s decision to increase public servants salaries by four percent.

“We are asking the court to define the role of the Public Sector Bargaining Council and who empowered with issues of conditions of service and salary adjustment of the public service,” said Motshegwa.

He explained that currently it seems there are two centres of power - the PSBC and the executive.

“We are having an unpalatable situation. We believe the PSBC is the one which should deal with the matter of salary adjustment and not the executive.”

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