Stakeholders and members of the public are informed that Government and the six (6) Cooperating Trade Unions which are BOSETU, BLLAHWU, BONU, BTU, BOPEU, NALCGPWU, engaged in negotiations regarding recommendations of the PEMANDU report and other conditions of service from the 25th August to the 27th August 2019 in Gaborone.
The Negotiations were held in a robust atmosphere under the chairpersonship of Mr Felix Lesetedi.
Having met in Lobatse and Mahalapye on the 27th July to 2nd August 2019, and 12th to 15th August, 2019 respectively, negotiations adjourned to accord Parties an opportunity to reflect on deliberations made. Subsequently, the Parties concluded the negotiations on Public Service conditions of service. The Parties reached an agreement on the following:
1. Development of Remuneration Policy for the Public Service
2. Increase of Government’s contribution to Medical Aid for employees on salary Grade A and B from 50% to 80%.
3. Standardization of Public Service Gratuity benefit for employees on fixed term contract of employment of more than 12 months and not exceeding 5 years, including former Industrial Employees who opt for fixed term contract, to be standardized at 30%.
4. Development of fan shaped salary structure with wider intra-grade differentials to address the current challenge of stagnation of employees at top notch.
5. Review of Performance Management and Development system and to base future salary increments on performance.
6. Comprehensive organisation review and job evaluation for all Government Ministries/Departments.
7. Ensure that payment of Overtime is in accordance with the existing labour statues.
8. Review of Monthly Pension contribution to ensure that all employees qualify for monthly pension payment upon retirement.
9. Enhancement of the Minimum Pay of the lowest paid employees to P2500.00 within one (1) – two (2) years. Due to budgetary constraints, the Employer Party proposed differentiated nominal increases. However the Union Party expressed their dissatisfaction and could not agree with the anomalies in the public pay structure caused by this enhancement. As a consequence the Union Party placed a disclaimer to the structural distortions thereof.
However, the Parties agreed to disagree on the following matters:
1. Salary adjustment by moving all employees in the Public Service one grade up in order to pay them at the market level and to accord them the same dispensation as the Discipline Forces.
2. Upgrading all supervisory positions to Grade D4 to rectify the anomaly occasioned by the implementation of Levels of Operation in the teaching sector. The Employer Party’s view is that job evaluation should be undertaken to ensure internal equity.
3. Holistic reviewing of allowances
4. Conversion of Grades E & F to total remuneration and the creation of a position of Senior Permanent Secretary as this was outside the bargaining unit of the Union Party.
In view of the above, Parties are now turning their focus and attention to the necessary processes for the implementation of agreed deliverables. In conclusion, it was further agreed that any Party aggrieved by areas of deadlock would resort to a dispute resolution process as provided for in the existing labour legislation.
Ms Goitseone Mosalakatane
Deputy Chairperson – Employer Party
Mr Gotlaamang Oitsile
Deputy Chairperson – Union Party