Botswana on the spotlight 

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 30 May 2017   |   By Staff Writer
Botswana on the spotlight 

The Government of Botswana will come under heavy scrutiny before a committee of experts at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conference, which starts on June 4 in Geneva, Switzerland. Member countries are summoned before an ILO conference to account for reported violation of conventions. The committee of experts will then make findings on reported cases and clarifications sought by labour organisations who are affiliated to the ILO, in a meeting attended by delegates from member countries and international NGOs such as Education International, Public Service International, World Federation of Trade Unions, International Trade union Council. Local trade unions, under BOFEPUSU, have dispatched a delegation that will leave on Friday to pursue grievances they have already registered with ILO against the Government of Botswana. Deputy Secretary General Ketlhalefile Motshegwa has confirmed their attendance. Last month (March) the federation wrote a second letter to ILO, following another dated 25th July 2016 titled "Letter of complaint against the Government of Botswana". Although the federation's complaint may not be accommodated in the agenda of the upcoming conference due to late submission, BOFEPUSU are pursuing the matter for the 2018 ILO Conference. Botswana has been reported to the ILO by BOFEPUSU, complaining about the amendment of the Trade Disputes Act, which came into effect in November 2016. The federation has also amended the report to ILO to include grievances against the proposed Public Service Bill, which was recently gazetted by Government in readiness for approval by Parliament. The report also gives an extensive account of the state of bargaining council in Botswana. "We have request the ILO office to prepare an informal opinion on the matter to guide the federation in lobbying both domestically and abroad including at the 2017 ILO conference," said Motshegwa.



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