BOFEPUSU Publicity Secretary Mogomotsi Motshegwa reported from Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday morning that they were meeting SATUCC to lobby for support as they continue to push the workers’ rights agenda especially the violation of ILO conventions. Both the BFTU and BOFEPUSU were represented at the meeting, he said. The federation also met Education International and Public Service International the same afternoon to continue lobbying. "We are informed that the Minister of Public Service in Botswana will be here in Geneva to help government in defending their position. This will not deter us from our mandate to let ILO know the status of labour relations in Botswana," he said. At the on-going International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Botswana has for the first time in the history of the country made it to the top 24 countries regarded as the worst violators and transgressors of some core ILO conventions. This follows a complaint and a report lodged by BOFEPUSU with the ILO Freedom of Association Branch in July 2016.
On Monday, BOFEPUSU lobbied other organisations and workers groups and motivated that the Botswana case should make it to the top 24. The efforts were successful as Botswana has been ranked position 20 in the short list. As a consequence, Botswana, represented by Minister Employment Tshenolo Mabeo will appear before the ILO Committee of Application of Standards on 9th June to be grilled for the transgressions. "This is regrettable for a country that has at some point been held as an epitome and shining example of democracy and respect for human/workers’ rights. Botswana has come to this shameful predicament owing to the draconian amendments of the Trade Dispute Act to essentialise almost the whole public service and prohibit the right to strike to about 80% of the workers in Botswana," said Tobokani Rari, Secretary General of the federation who is attending the ILC.