BOPEU gets nod to oppose Statistics Botswana

Justice Walia
Justice Walia

Justice Singh Lakhvinder Walia has granted leave for the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) to file its notice of opposition out of time against Statistics Botswana's (SB) appeal. The application stemmed from SB's late delivery of the notice of opposition to BOPEU's appeal against the judgement of Justice Zein Kebonang on November 3, 2022.

BOPEU had before Justice Kebonang successfully challenged SB over salary disparities. The roots of the dispute lie in the migration of employees from the Central Statistics Office to Statistics Botswana in 2009, following the establishment of the latter as a body corporate.

This migration led to the development of a new operational structure, including a pay structure. However, grievances arose regarding the fairness of the grading system, leading to the appointment of a Salary Grievances Task Force. According to documents from Justice Kebonang’s court, on March 13, 2015, the parties entered into a collective labour agreement with respect to SB employees at band STB B and 5-9. The category excludes those in management positions.

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