The newly formed Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) will be officially launched next week Friday at Ave Marea in Gaborone. Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected to be the guest speaker at the launch with the Secretary General of Zimbabwe Union of Journalists Foster Dongozi giving a keynote address. He is also member of the Steering Committee for Federation of African Journalists. Others dignitaries expected at the launch include media unions from the SADC regions and local trade unions. According to the union Secretary General Victor Baatweng, the launch of the union is a step in the right direction as it will address pertinent issues affecting media workers in the country. “Some of the key areas that BOMAWU will immediately address include sectorial determination; standard contracts for media workers; collective bargaining; and the legal protection of media workers,” he said. The union currently has over 600 members made up of advertising executives, public relations officers, call centres employees and journalists.