Unions halt gov�t tender for deduction codes

BOPEU members
BOPEU members

Government has been halted from continuing with the awarding of the tender floated two weeks ago that would have stripped the trade unions of their rights to deduction codes, a system used to remotely manage deductions of public officers from source.

The unions, BOPEU, BOSETU and BTU through the company they own,  BOTUSAFE, approached the courts on urgency to seek for an order to interdict the decision by government to float the tender for a single central registry that violated the standing agreement between BOTUSAFE and government.

According to the urgent application, government should have consulted the trade unions and given them some notice in order to proceed to float the tender.  Justice Tshepo Motswagole  agreed with the unions and interdicted the tendering process pending the outcome of the return date of the same case in February 2017. The introduction of a single central registry would hand these two companies a killer blow in that their business would shut down, ultimately closing down on unions’ alternative sources of income. But more importantly, this mean that the union businesses would have to apply for deduction codes at the Single Central Registry and there is high possibility of denying them the stop order facility hence starving the unions of alternative sources of income. 

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