UB unions pursue salary increase 

SHARE   |   Monday, 06 November 2017   |   By Keitebe Kgosikebatho

A combined effort by the University of Botswana Academic and Senior Support Staff Union (UBASSSU), and University of Botswana Staff Union (UBSU), with National Amalgamated Local, Central Government & Parastatal Workers Union's solidarity has advanced their quest for a seven percent salary adjustment. This came about after the UBASSSU-UBSU pact in solidary with National Amalgamated Local, Central Government & Parastatal Workers Union petitioned the university’s management against proceeding with decisions of denying them an increase as they felt their engagements prior to such decisions were embroiled by dishonesties, lies and deceit. According to ABASSSU Secretary General Aobakwe Banamile, the two unions met with university management and they among others agreed that: As is in accordance with the Director of Public Service Management (DPSM), Circular Savingram dated 30th May 2016, reinstating Directive No. 4 of 2016 on inflationary adjustment of salaries to certain Public Officer cadres, which had been suspended on 29th April, 2016, offering a 3% salary adjustment and related allowances increase across the board and directive No.4 of 2017 which  also offered Public Officers of certain cadres a 4% inflationary adjustment of salaries and allowances across the board, the issue of 7% inflationary adjustment to UB salaries which the two feel their members deserve should be re-tabled at the University of Botswana council for decision making. “The council is meeting on the 10th (November) and as it is we will be awaiting the outcome. Our expectation is that the council will either say yes or no to our request and that is when we will respond accordingly,” said Aobakwe Banamile, ABASSSU Secretary General.

On the issue off fraudulently submission of the Draft Staff Grievances Policy and Procedures (SGPP) that has not been finalised/agreed upon by the negotiating parties for approval, Banamile said they have agreed with management that the latter will go back and inform the Council to set aside them (Staff SGPP), as the parties did not reach any such agreement. As for the call for The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Mendel Nlanda, Director (Human Resources), Lucy M. Machiba, and Deputy Director (Legal Services), Goitsemang Taunyane to be charged for serious/gross misconduct and be summoned for disciplinary action promptly, Banamile said a decision had be taken to institute investigations into the matter, which are expected to be concluded by the 30th of November. “As it we are waiting for the UB council to meet and that is when we can map a way forward,” said Banamile.

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