Court compels Mupane to pay employees 13th cheque

Mupane Gold Mine
Mupane Gold Mine

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) has scored victory against Mupane Gold Mine (MGM) after the Industrial Court recently ordered the mine to pay a 13th cheque to its employees.

The bone of contention between the employees, who are members of BMWU, and MGM arose after the union rejected a mediator’s adverse advisory award which is an employment benefit that was extended to and enjoyed by MGM’s employees for about four years, and, thereafter withdrawn.

Last year, Canadian firm, Galane Gold, sold its shares in MGM to Hawks Mining Company Proprietary Limited “at a nominal fee”. When delivering judgement, Justice Galesite Baruti said that for four years or so, each MGM worker was paid the 13th cheque in addition to salaries of 12 months. “The stoppage of this 13th cheque aggrieved the respondents’ employees.

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