The go slow by employees of the embattled Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has put government on panic mode. A source at government enclave has revealed that cabinet has instructed members of the discipline forces to be on standby in case some BPC employees try to shut down power which might put the country in chaos.
Since last week BPC workers have been on go slow demanding a salary increment of 16% failure of which they will go on strike, which might compromise power supply which is already a challenge due to load shedding. According to information passed to this publication members of the disciplined forces Botswana Defence Force, Botswana Police Services and Fire Department have been informed that they are all on standby in case there is power chaos.
Since the go slow started BPC substations are said to be experiencing technical problems, some blowing off, which is suspected to be caused by the frustrated workers. "Power outages that people experience especially in industrial areas is just deliberate and employees want to put management under pressure to heed their demands. Another burning issue is the retrenchment package which Botswana Power Corporation Workers Union (BPCWU) is accusing BPC management of negotiating in bad faith.
BPCWU accuse BPC of trying to use the 2013 retrenchment package which they believe is very low and does not meet the current demands. The utility company is about to retrench close to 200 employees citing financial constraints. Contacted for comment Minister for Defence, Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi denied that members of the disciplined forces have been deployed to be on standby.