The Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) has read with great disappointment the statement issued by the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), in which they make a number of inflammatory, accusatory and misleading statements against BURS. The reality of the situation is that the negotiations between BURS and BOPEU are still ongoing. It is therefore surprising that BOPEU could at the same time be making public statements most of which are devoid of the truth and are only intended to influence their members and public perception against the BURS and its Management and to portray BOPEU in a positive light. BURS would like to urge its employees, stakeholders and the public not to be detracted by this misleading article.
BURS fully respects the right of all employees to exercise their right to withdraw their labour if they so wish. Therefore, our focus has been, and remains, to work together with all stakeholders to reach a mutually beneficial resolution to the ongoing strike action, to ensure that our customers, the public and the entire BURS team experience minimal discomfort.
At present, negotiations remain ongoing and we continue to engage with all involved parties through the relevant and appropriate platforms. This is therefore, not the time to trade accusations through the media but the time when we should be bringing issues to the negotiation table to end the impasse. Our seriousness and professionalism is demonstrated by our willingness to talk issues in a sober, dispassionate and honest manner following the laid down negotiation procedures in the best interest of all BURS employees within the limits of the resources available to BURS. This is a process that BURS is totally committed to.
BURS would like to assure members of the public, including the trading community, that in spite of the challenges associated with the on-going strike, BURS will continue providing all its services at all its offices across the country with botho, integrity, accountability and innovation.
Communications Specialist, BURS