Federations livid as essential services list grows

BFTU and Bofepuso
BFTU and Bofepuso

Public sector federations have expressed outrage after government moved to classify four more cadres as ‘essential services’ this week.

Under the amended Trade Dispute Bill, which debuted in Parliament on Monday, government intends to add teaching services, state broadcasting services, immigration and custom services, to the essential services list.

Under existing legislation, professions categorised as essential services are defined as being of critical importance to the economy. Strikes within these cadres are not legal as they are viewed as being against national interest.

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