Retrenchments looming at BDP

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Weighed down by a P22 million loss arising from last year's election spending the Botswana Democratic Party plans to cut jobs across its offices nationwide.

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has warned its employees of an impending restructuring exercise that it blames on operational challenges. A letter to the employees dated March 15 from the party secretary general, Mpho Balopi, says the exercise may result in retrenchment.

The latest developments come as the party posted a P21.8 million loss in the 2014 financial year, owing largely to the high costs of the general elections last October, which it won with a reduced majority.

The BDP has 47 employees - 35 at its Tsholetsa House headquarters and 12 in Francistown, Maun and Kang. It is understood that close to 20 employees are likely to lose their jobs by the end of the restructuring exercise.

In his letter, Balopi informed the employees that the restructuring exercise is due to organisational challenges and is meant to revamp the party in order to make it competitive.

“Note that execution of the restructuring exercise will result in having (sic) some other positions made redundant resulting in reducing the size of the workforce, hence the need to inform those who are likely indirectly and or directly going to be affected,” Balopi wrote.

The secretary general exhorts workers to keep “this matter confidential”.

“You will be accordingly informed of the dates of consultative meetings as soon as possible.” Yesterday, Balopi confirmed that the BDP is restructuring and this does not necessarily mean people are going to lose jobs. “Our party is trying to be responsive to the demands of the environment. We also cannot state how long it will take since we are still consulting with all the affected people,” he explained.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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