Two days after winning a major victory on Tuesday, when Justice Tshepo Motswagole nullified the 3% salary increase awarded public servants for 2016/17 financial year, BOFEPUSU trade unions return to court today (Thursday) to force Government to comply. The urgent application slated for Friday comes about after government indicated that she can only comply with the judgment after the month of May because the processing of salaries for April has already been completed, sources said. "This is not true. The cut-off date for salaries is the 20th of every month. It is also untrue that salaries of public servants are administered by companies from outside the country as Government claims," says BOFEPUSU deputy Secretary General Ketlhalefile Motshegwa. On Tuesday Justice Motswagole said in his judgment: The decision of the Director of Public Service Management (DPSM) of 30 March 2016 communicated through Directive No. 4 of 2016 unilaterally increasing the wages of public officers by 3% is hereby reviewed and set aside and declared of no force and effect; All public officers employed in terms of the Public Service act, save as expressly excluded therein, fall within the scope of the Public Service Bargaining Council; and Wages and salary increase in respect of such public officers are subject to negotiation at the Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC) and cannot be effected unilaterally by the Government.
Government and Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) have been ordered to pay the costs of the lawsuit.