Proceedings in the national assembly will grind to a halt on Thursday – a day after opening – when thousands of workers take to the streets in mass demonstrations to petition President Ian Khama and Parliament over BCL closure. Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) and BOFEPUSU leadership resolved on Wednesday – after addressing multitudes of BCL workers in Selebi Phikwe – to petition President Ian Khama and Botswana Parliament next Thursday. A special session of Parliament starts on Wednesday to discuss National Development Plan (NDP) 11, ahead of the November session focusing on the state of the nation. On the same day workers will hold massive demonstrations in Gaborone – which will later spread to Francistown, Selebi Phikwe, Jwaneng, Orapa and Palapye – against the closure of BCL and job losses. The two unions continue to address miners and other workers in SPEDU Region of Bobirwa, Selebi Phikwe, Mmadinare, and Tswapong. BOFEPUSU deputy Secretary General Ketlhalefile Motshegwa said on Friday that thousands of pamphlets on the closure of BCL and its economic effects on Selebi-Phikwe and the whole country are being printed and will be distributed to people to raise their consciousness to understand recent developments. Motshegwa said; "Workers must stand up for employment and protection of their rights. Communities must stand up and fight for development and economic benefits from national resources".