BOPEU sues BURS over intimidation

Burs employees on strike.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Burs employees on strike.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) has once again taken Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) management to court over what the union alleges to be the intimidation of striking members.

Hundreds of BURS workers have been on strike for the past four weeks demanding salary adjustments. Processes at the revenue agency have since slowed with negotiations yet to yield a solution.  The union representing striking workers dragged the BURS to the Industrial Court on an urgent application yesterday, arguing that the BURS management is intimidating striking workers by sending out letters with demands.

The letters, which circulated in local media earlier this month read: “I confirm that I wish to voluntarily approach management with a view to return to work.  “I shall not be seen in any manner to be participating in a go-slow during working hours; I shall not interfere with the security of BURS facilities either electronically or others; the BURS General Conditions of Service shall continue to apply to me and I advise that I understand the above conditions and accept to be bound by them in full”.

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