Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) will on August 25th- 27th hold a triennial delegate congress in Palapye. The congress will be held under the theme; BOSETU: Championing Educators’ Rights in the Midst of Collective Bargaining Challenges in Botswana. Secretary General Tobokani Rari says the congress comes at a very critical and difficult moment as far as labour relations is concerned. A time when government is moving swiftly to amend almost all labour statutes and during the process clamping down on trade unions and workers' rights. "This is the moment that the bargaining and negotiation process has collapsed with the death of the Public Sector Bargaining Council (PSBC). This the moment that the government appeared before the ILO for transgressions against Convention 87. These are the reasons for coming up with this theme," he said. The delegate congress, being the highest decision making structure of the union is responsible according to the union constitution, for approving the Executive Summary report with respect how the union has been fairing between congresses on all fronts including the audited financial statements of the union. It approves any benefit scheme initiatives, some internal policies, programs and any other organizational matters. The delegate congress as well elect the national Executive Committee that would run the union for a three-year term, appoints auditors and trustees of the union, and has power to amend the constitution. It discusses important motions on issues policy and principle from regions and the National Executive Committee and resolve on them to assign the incoming National Executive Committee.
The official opening will be on 25th August 2017, where the minister responsible for the public service, Eric Molale, had been invited to officiate and interact with civil servants. "We have since learnt disappointingly that the Minister would not be coming and has once again evaded interacting with public officers he leads. His attendance was to offer him a rare opportunity to address a trade union of teachers on his envisaged vision on the public service of which teachers are part. We have since got Professor Roy Du Pre, An EU University Teacher Development Advisor," said Rari. The Assistant General Secretary at National Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom responsible for Advice, Policy and Campaigns, Amanda Brown would address the Congress of Delegates rendering a keynote address. Brown has at the recent International Labour Conference, been elected to seat on the International Labour Organization governing body as the UK workers’ representative. The Ministers of Basic and Tertiary Education, Unity Dow and Dr Alfred Madigele would address congress on Basic Education and Tertiary Education reforms towards 2020 respectively. Both ministers have accepted the invitation while their permanent secretaries would address congress on the conditions of service for teachers and tertiary lecturers and instructors. Congress business would proceed on 26th August 2017 to deal with internal matters including among others the Presidential overview of the status of the union for the period under review, the Executive report by the Secretary General, presentation of audited financials of the union and presentation of motions and consequent resolutions by congress. The 27th of August would be reserved for the election of the new leadership to run the union for the next three (3) years.