BOPEU happy to court Khama

Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) president Andrew Motsamai has castigated those who question their engagement with the Office of the President (OP) saying they do not understand the role of trade unions.

Addressing the media Tuesday night, Motsamai said it is their role to develop a working relationship with those in power, to engage them on issues affecting their members.

“Some issues are not for bargaining but for consultation and policy. Policy is the prerogative of those in power, our role is to contest it,” said Motsamai. He gave the example of National Development Plan 11 (NDP 11) which is about to be formulated saying they have to get into the policy forums and engage the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) and government bureaucrats to shape it in their favour.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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