Former BOPEU deputy secretary loses case

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Former deputy secretary-general of the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), Zibani Philemon has lost a case in which he had taken his former employer to court for unfair dismissal.

Philemon, who is also a former BOPEU National Executive Committee (NEC) member, wanted the court to order BOPEU to reinstate him as the deputy secretary-general and also to be paid 49 months’ salary as compensation.

He was then getting a monthly salary of P44,255.29. However, his employment contract according to court papers had run only for 11 months and was left with 49 months when he was kicked out of office by a team under the BOPEU president, Masego Mogwera's orders. Philemon contends that his former employer had chosen to trample on his rights by unlawfully and unfairly terminating his contract.

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