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BOPEU elections campaign heats up

LAUNCH: Team Transformation launching their manifesto

TEAM TRANSFORMATION OFFERS TO RESTORE STABILITY AND DIGNITY TO THE UNION

As the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) elective congress approaches, teams have started to outline their plans as the campaign for the Union elections heats up.

Team Transformation led by presidential candidate, Ruth Scaba Khupe launched their manifesto this Wednesday ahead of the congress, which will be held virtually from the 6th to the 8th of December.

Addressing the media, Khupe highlighted that for the past three years BOPEU has been rocked by the executive committee bickering, which ended up in court and the first thing her team would do were they to assume office would be to bring stability and peace. She said the infightings have cost the Union a lot of money.

“We want peace and to restore the Union’s dignity. We have fought, it is enough and we need new faces. We will be guided by the collective wisdom of members of the Union to unify BOPEU. We want to go back to being the union of choice,” said Khupe.

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Outlining his plans and promises, The 1st Vice President candidate, Donald Mokgwe said if elected into office, he would intensify shop stewards training and introduce allowances for member representation.

He said they would be doing training based on their members’ grievances at work places guided by the case management system.

Mokgwe would also advocate for one bargaining council for all parastatals.

“BOPEU members are from a lot of parastatals and because they have fragmented joint consultative structures, they do not achieve their mandate. We want national council where issues that cut across can be discussed and we also want them to be sectorial in nature. We would offer our members efficient and effective services at all BOPEU offices countrywide. Members are always complaining of poor services they get from our offices and we want this to come to an end,” said Mokgwe.

The team has also promised to negotiate cash back plans for the Union Insurers.

The other item that Team Transformation would prioritise on their agenda is the constitution review, which was adopted in 2014.

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