Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) has appointed a task team to comb through the Public Service Bill, 2017 published in the Government gazette on May 5. The union spokesperson Topias Marenga told The Patriot on Sunday that although they were consulted during the drafting stage of the Bill, and submitted their input, they are yet to find out if those comments have been accommodated. "The task team is studying the Bill and will advise on their findings. From the onset we need to emphasise that our conviction is that the Bargaining Council is a parliament for workers. As such it should enjoy independence, contrary to what is currently proposed. We are also concerned that the Bill was never presented before the Labour Advisory Board prior to being gazetted," said Marenga. The Bill provides at section 72 that; "the Directorate of Public Service Management shall be the Secretariat of the council". Further, the Bill gives the minister the powers to appoint a Chairperson and a Deputy.