Debswana dispute heads for showdown

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The uneasy relationship between certain senior managers at Debswana and Managing Director Blackie Marole seems to be headed for a showdown with none of the parties compromising from their hardline positions on the restructuring exercise meant to start at the company head office next month. The bone of contention centres around the application of fixed term contracts agreed with cadres at A-C bands across the board.

Senior managers, most of whom are at the E band did not take kindly to this proposition. They felt it was not fair to them to be subjected to an across the board retrenchment package which they allege was not negotiated with them. 

In a letter to management, the senior managers contend that the new fixed term contract will lead to loss of job security which they enjoyed in the permanent and pensionable contracts they had and as such they would want to be compensated for the loss.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

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