Gov't policies torment miners – BMWU president

Joseph Tsimako PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Joseph Tsimako PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

FRANCISTOWN: President of the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU), Joseph Tsimako, says significant structural and policy flaws continue to affect workers in the mining industry.

He was giving a speech during the official opening of the BMWU congress, which was held on Thursday at the Adansonia Hotel. In his address, Tsimako said they have discovered that deliberate action at the policy level is also necessary to achieve the economic liberation and empowerment of Botswana's mine workers.

Tsimako went on to state that the union has been losing cases as a result of laws and policies that were created without their input, rendering their intervention ineffectual. He said they came to the conclusion that they had to take part in the processes of developing laws and policies to strengthen their position as mine workers.

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