Khama rejects meeting with unions over strike

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President Ian Khama's refusal to meet Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) ahead of their Monday strike has been described as a grave concern given his responsibility to avert the potential consequences of a strike too ghastly to contemplate.

Goretetse Kekgonegile of BOFEPUSU made this presentation in the form of a petition to the Director of Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM), Festina Bakwena yesterday. This was after the unions were informed by senior private secretary to the president, Major Duke Masilo that Khama would be out of town on other official engagements. "We are aware that His Excellence has taken the employer's position during his kgotla meetings in Siviya and Metsibotlhoko," Kekgonegile said.

He pointed out that the President's position displays the government's attitude towards the workers' welfare and buttresses the fact that workers welfare is not a priority in his government. He said that makes DPSM attitude in the salary negotiation process a resultant of government policy.

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