BOPEU expects small budget surplus

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In anticipation of Minister Kenneth Matambo’s 2015/16 Budget speech next Monday, Botswana Public Employees Union BOPEU has published a deliberate, pre-emptive view of the speech, setting out key expectations and views on some budgetary and development issues affecting their members and the broad labour market.

The Union calls on government to explore, along with unions three-year wage agreements, rather than annual wage bargaining to guide salary adjustments.

“The method that we recommend is where salaries by agreement would be automatically adjusted by the immediate past year’s annual inflation rate plus productivity gains, if any, and a factor to capture market competitiveness of specific cadres. The rationale is that it would bring stability and predictability to the bargaining process, giving room for parties to start bargaining on non-wage issues and sectoral bargaining chambers,” says BOPEU.

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