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The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Honourable Edwin Jenamiso Batshu paid a courtesy visit to the International Labour Office (ILO) in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday 19th May 2014. The purpose of the visit was to appreciate the role of the ILO and to increase cooperation between the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs and the ILO.   During the visit the Director of ILO Pretoria office Mr Vic van Vuuren outlined that the International Labour Organisation is a specialised agency of the United Nations, established in 1919, with the aim of bringing together Governments, Employers and Workers in pursuit of social justice, better working and living conditions, full employment and poverty alleviation.   He stressed that the ILO accomplishes its work through three main constituents; Governments, Employers and Workers, which make up the tripartite structure of the Organisation.   The Director described the role of the ILO as twofold; that of a “policeman” as well as a development partner. The first role involves monitoring application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations through committees such as the Committee on Freedom of Association and Committee of Experts on Application of Conventions and Recommendations. As a development partner, the ILO goes in partnership with member states to establish projects which will have positive economic impact in such countries.   The Minister was also briefed that the ILO provides support to countries through Decent Work Country Programmes which are developed in coordination with workers, employers and other stakeholders. Work on the development of the Botswana Decent Work Country Programme started in 2008 and in February 2011, the Programme was launched. The programme is the main vehicle of delivery of ILO support to the country during the period 2011-2015.   The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs appreciated the brief  by the ILO Director and indicated the need o invite the Director to Botswana to brief other senior government officials. He further thanked the ILO for its continued assistance given to Botswana throughout the years. He indicated that even though there is notable progress on implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme, a lot more still needs to be done.   The ILO also offered to assist Botswana with a business enterprise/programme, which could help in creating employment for a sizeable number of young Batswana. The Minister welcomed the offer especially since youth unemployment is one of the major problems currently facing Botswana. He promised to consult relevant with Ministries.
    The public is hereby notified that the Minimum Wage Rates for 2014/2015 have been adjusted as published in the Botswana Government Gazette, Statutory Instrument No. 60 of 2014, dated 30th May 2014. The new adjustments take effect from 1st June 2014 and are as follows:    
Trade /industry BASIC MINIMUM WAGE
1. Building, Construction, Exploration and Quarry Industries P4.86 per hour
2 Wholesale Distributive Trade P4.86 per hour
3 Manufacturing, Service and Repair Trades P4.86 per hour
4. Hotel, Catering and Entertainment Trades P4.86 per hour
5 Garage, Motor Trade and Road Transport P4.86 per hour
6. Retail Distributive Trade P4.32 per hour
7. Watchmen employed  in the above Industries and Trades or any sector thereof P4.10 per hour
8. Security Guards employed by security companies P4.86 per hour
9. Domestic Service Sector P2.70 per hour
10 Agricultural Sector P550 per month
                                                Employers in the above listed trades/industries should therefore ensure that they do not pay their employees below the stipulated new minimum wage rates. Failure to do so will be a violation of Section 138 of the Employment Act, Cap. 47:01 and punishable in terms of section 151 (d) of the same Act.   For any clarification contact Department of Labour and Social Security on 3611500 or Toll free number 0n 0800 600 777.  
PUBLIC NOTICE EXTENSION OF OPERATING HOURS FOR CIVIL AND NATIONAL REGISTRATION OFFICES GABORONE: The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs has temporarily extended operating hours at the Department of Civil and National Registration Offices to facilitate applications and registration for Omang (National Identity) cards with effect from 19 th October 2013 until 26 th October 2013 . During the weekend, offices will open from 0800hours until 1600hours, while on weekdays operations will commence at 0730hours until 1800hours. Extension of services beyond normal working hours will only be available at the following offices; · Mochudi Gaborone Molepolole Kanye · Lobatse Mahalapye Palapye Serowe · Francistown Tutume Maun Gumare · Shakawe Letlhakane Selebi-Phikwe Borakanelo · Broadhurst NB: The public is also informed that the department has opened another office since October 2011 in Gaborone (Opposite Gaborone Bus Rank – next to the Flyover Bridge).Customers are encouraged to use this office so as to avoid congestion in Gaborone offices. For any further clarification, please contact the Public Relations Unit at 361 1110/80. Thank you. ______________ Letso S. Mpho (Mr.) Assistant Manager, Communications (Acting)
adjustment of minimum wages
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