The Letter That Reported Botswana To ILO

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On July 26, 2016 BOFEPUSU penned a complaint letter against the Government of Botswana to the International Labour Standars Department. The letter is reproduced here, following the successful conclusion of the case that saw Botswana listed among the top 24 list of governments that have no regard for workers rights in the world

Introduction

1. The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (“BOFEPUSU”) is a federation of trade unions registered in terms of the laws of Botswana, to which four out of the five biggest trade unions in Botswana affiliate. These are the Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union; the Botswana Landboards and Local Authorities and Health Workers Union; the Botswana Teachers Union; and the National Amalgamated Local Central Government and Parastatal Workers Union. Collectively they represent 80 000 workers. It is by far the largest federation of trade unions, and the most organized in Botswana. It was registered on 12 August 2008, and on 18 August 2015 became a labour centre. Both public and private sector unions are eligible for admission to the membership ofBOFEPUSU.

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