Workers may shy away from strikes

Public service labour unions are driven by heavily flawed business strategies. It can be argued that this stems from inadequate internal and external environmental analysis. This is a weakness which leaves the unions with only a blurred vision of their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, they cannot truly deliver on their mandate.

Let us look at the factors which should inform business strategies of public service labour unions.  We do this to understand the kind of operational and negotiating strategies which can be drawn to address the needs of the working class.

Batswana are traditionally a dialogue conflict-resolving nation.  Cultural values render group militancy unpalatable to mos t people.  Consequently fiery and politicised rhetoric and cabinet bashing do not exert the required pressure on the government.  Workers will always shy away from strikes for fear of possible violence. Those who brave it cannot sustain the hardships which accompany industrial militancy.  This is the cultural characteristic of Batswana and unions have to plan bearing this in mind.

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