Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

BFTU not convinced by reason to extend the SOE

DOUBTFUL: Butale

Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) is doubtful over the reasons advanced by President Mokgweetsi Masisi to extend the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) by a further six months.

Last week, parliament approved the request by the President to extend the period by another six months as a way to control the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.

However BFTU Secretary-General, Thusang Butale said the Federation was not convinced by the reasons advanced to extend the SOE.

“We still feel and believe that the reasons that the President spoke about are not sufficient, there needed to be more conclusive reasoning in his speech concerning the SOE,” Butale told journalists in Gaborone on Wednesday.

Butale said they had supported the government in the initial steps taken to fight the spread of the disease was first discovered in Botswana.

With those steps that have been implemented in the first SOE, Butale said it was important to review how those steps have fared.
“As BFTU, we feel that the review part is still lacking from the government, we believe that the six months State of Public Emergency needed to come with a comprehensive review of what has happened in the past six months before a decision could be made,” said Butale.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Butale believes the government owes Batswana that review to appreciate what has happened in the initial SOE.

“We need to be very clear on it, it shouldn’t be something that we only speak about on the corridors, it should be clear that government needs to give Batswana a comprehensive report on the review of the past six months of the State of Public Emergency,” said BFTU Secretary-General.

Butale said what they have realized during this period is that workers are not paid well, even though the regulations prohibit retrenchments and illegalizes industrial action.

“Workers are not paid well, wages are cut unilaterally by the employer, leave days are being taken without agreements and there are no consultations,” stressed Butale.

Butale said some companies have sent their employees home and have been told that they will be called back to work once there is some job for them.

“Essentially, though the regulations say there is no retrenchments, if you are sitting at home without getting paid a thebe, that’s the same as being retrenched because your employer is not paying you,” noted Butale, stressing there is no difference between the two.

He said some employees might find themselves in a more precarious situation as they might be tied up contractually which will prohibit them from finding other jobs.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) is reportedly investigating Chinese nationals for undervaluing goods brought into the country. With suspicions that some traders do not...

News

Letsholathebe memorial hospital’s superintendent, Dr Lebogang Mokotedi has withdrawn a domestic violence case against her “ex-boyfriend” out of forgiveness. Appearing before Maun magistrate court...

News

YOUNG MAN ACCOMMODATES LOVERS, RAPES AND ROBS THEM A couple’s romantic night at friend’s house in Tatisiding village ended in trauma as the friend...

News

In yet another suicide to rock the tourist town of Maun a 31-year-old man of Riverside ward was last weekend found hanging from the...

Politics

The embattled Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) President Biggie Butale has rubbished swirling rumours that he has accepted P500 000 payment from BDP to destroy...

News

Two habitual thieves who broke into a house and stole a stove will be dining in on prison food for the next few years....

News

The Northwest District Council Chairperson, Kebareeditse Ntsogotho, has expressed concern over the rise of Covid-19 cases in the district. Speaking at the Northwest Council...

International

All over the world, June 21 is celebrated as ‘World Music Day’. It is also known as ‘Fete de la Musique’ in French and...

News

One of Botswana’s political heavy weights Jacob Nkate is being courted to represent the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in Maun West following the...

News

*Mayor condemns risky wayward behavior

News

*Francistown Rotary Club donates blankets to MaJaNa’s needy About 30km from Jamataka in the Shashe West Constituency lies a settlement called Lekoba. Accessed through...

News

As Father’s Day approaches, Voice Woman pays tribute to a man who devoted his entire life to humanity; spiritual father to many, prophet and...

News

The long road to overcoming mental illness She was only 12 years of age when, against her will, she lost her virginity to a...

News

A Mandunyane family’s worst fears were cruelly confirmed last Tuesday when their missing son’s body was found floating in Shashe Dam. According to reports,...

Entertainment

Cassper Nyovest’s 100m deal South African rapper Cassper Nyovest has landed the biggest business deal of his career. The ‘Tito Mboweni’ hit-maker can now...

News

– He is convicted of raping grandchild A 70-year-old pensioner convicted of four counts of raping his grandchild is likely to be sentenced to...

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.