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Amended List of Essential Services
20/06/11

1) MLHA PRESS RELEASE ON THE AMENDED LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES

The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs has, pursuant to section 49 of the  Trade Disputes Act (CAP.48:02), amended the Schedule to the Act to include diamond sorting, cutting and selling services, teaching services and veterinary services, as essential services. The selection of these services was done in the national interest, with a view to protecting industries which are of critical importance to the economy, and to promote the rights of children to uninterrupted education.  

This amended list adds to the existing list which includes:  Air traffic control services, Botswana Vaccine Laboratory, Electricity services, Fire services, Bank of Botswana, Health services, Operational and maintenance services of the Railways, Sewerage services, Transport and telecommunications services necessary to the operation of any of the foregoing services, and Water services.

It should be further noted that the amendment has included all support services in connection with the foregoing services as essential services.

L T Moahi
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs

2) MOTION ADOPTED BY NTLO YA DIKGOSI ON THE INCLUSION OF EDUCATION SECTOR UNDER ESSENTIAL SERVICES UNDER THE TRADE DISPUTE ACT (CAP 48:02)

A motion for the inclusion of the Education Sector under the essential services in accordance with the Trade Dispute Act to ensure that the education of children is not disrupted during times of strike  was adopted by the Ntlo ya Dikgosi on the 17th of June 2011.

According to the House, the motion is premised on the recognition of education as a basic children’s right which children should not be denied. Disruption of children’s education as evidenced last year emanating from reluctance of teachers to invigilate school examinations leading to late examination results,  resulting in late commencement of schools which were later on interrupted d by the strike gives reason to the need to protect the teaching service.

The House noted that although the impact of the disruption of education may not be felt immediately, the impact on the economy would manifest itself in the future.  To further illustrate the impact of the strike, the House noted that idle school children begin to engage in unruly behavior. Delinquency sets in which leads to failure to perform well at school. This in turn gives rise to lack of knowledge and skills development, inevitably resulting in poor character, a creation of a poverty prone environment and poor health in the population.

 

 

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