Manual Workers cry foul over low salary increment

Manual workers union members PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Manual workers union members PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

FRANCISTOWN: A labour analyst has posited that the cries of the National Amalgamated Central, Local and Parastatal Manual Workers’ Union over the recent five percent salary increment are not crocodile tears.

The union, commonly referred to as Manual Workers, recently held a press conference in Gaborone at which it decried that the recent salary increment will not add any meaningful value to many of its members who mostly earn lower salaries than other union members within the public service.

The Manual Workers lamented that in August 2019, the six cooperating trade unions entered into a collective labour agreement with the employer that as of June 2020, the lowest paid workers in the public service should not earn less than P2,500.

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