BOPEU battles Statistics Botswana over restructuring

BOPEU members in court yesterday. PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
BOPEU members in court yesterday. PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Industrial Court has reserved a ruling in a case in which the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) accuses Statistics Botswana of re-structuring and outsourcing posts without consultation.

Yesterday, Justice Virgil Vergeer said he will deliver judgement next week after the attorney representing BOPEU, Odirile Otto Itumeleng indicated that the matter was urgent.

He said Statistics Botswana was busy outsourcing work after vacancies created by employees whose contracts had expired, therefore the matter should be dealt with urgently to address the situation. “We want a relieve order issued on urgency pending the return date for the arguments on the merits of the case on failure to consult and bargain with the union,” he said.

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