ILO criticises Botswana

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has requested Botswana to account for selective implementation of the Public Service Act and the dysfunctional Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC).

The Committee of Experts on Application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations has requested to be given Statutory Instrument No. 50 of 2011 (Public Service Regulations), which were unilaterally made by President Ian Khama outside the bargaining process."The committee in its report notes that in spite of the request, the government has not yet complied and as such has not yet received the Statutory Instrument No. 50 of 2011.It has further requested government to account for selective implementation of the Public Service Act and the dysfunctional PSBC," the committee says. 

With respect to adherence to the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 (No. 98 in Botswana), the committee said: "It has noted Information raised by Education International (EI) in a communication dated September 19, 2011 concerning the Public Service Act, that it is being implemented selectively, the status of the Bargaining Council that it is not functional as government undermines it, and the unilateral determination and changes of the terms and conditions of employment in the Public Service (in matters that should be left to parties) through the issuance of the statutory instrument No. 50 of 2011.

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