Botswana’s biggest municipality Central District Council (CDC) has agreed to pay overtime allowance owed to Department of Fire personnel since 2013. This comes after Botswana Land Board, Local Authorities and Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU) threatened to invoke legal option in seeking redress for their members. The council - through a letter from council secretary Soccer Dipholo dated 4th of November 2015 - said that they are committed to pay fire officers by the 31st of December this year.
The commitment by CDC to pay the fire officers their dues comes after BLLAHWU took the matter to the Labour for Alternative Dispute resolution where a certificate of failure to settle was issued as CDC continued with refusal for payment. The Union then lodged the matter with Industrial Court upon which the Central District Council agreed to pay employees.
According to a BLLAHWU letter to CDC, Fire Officers who work in Serowe and Palapye Administrative Authority were made to unlawfully and unreasonably work long shift rotary which resulted in the stipulated employees working for 16 hours per shift. In another milestone, BLLAHWU is said to have successfully managed to negotiate with Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) for payment of scare skills to holders of diploma in accounts. In 2009 the court ruled that government should pay holders of diploma in Accounts scarce skills but the challenge that they faced was whether the court ruling included even the AAT holders.
According to BLLAHWU Secretary General Motshegwa they met with DPSM Director on the 23rd of November this year where they agreed that there be correction of implementation dates in accordance with the judgments and not according to the savingram by the Director. “We have since given the DPSM that, such should have been corrected by end of December 2015,” said Motshegwa.