Unionists blame water woes on ‘privatisation’

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Public sector unions say the absorption of the Department of Water Affairs by the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) was effectively the privatisation of water supply, and a big factor in the current crisis.

The labour movement voiced displeasure at the transition, and took a common position against it yesterday at a water symposium held on the sidelines of the ongoing Public Services International’s (PSI) Regional Conference for Africa and Arab Countries (AFRECON).

Botswana Federation of Public Service Unions (BOFEPUSU) secretary general, Tobokani Rari said by passing the provision of water to “a parastatal and profit oriented entity, government had privatised the water sector.

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