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Government and Unions agree on strike rules
19/04/11

Strike Rules agreed between Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) Representing Government as the Employer and five recognised unions affiliated to Botswana Federation of Public Sector Union (BOFEPUSU, i.e. BLLAHWU, BOPEU, BOSETU, BTU AND NALCGWU):


All Public Service employees are informed that the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) and trade union parties affiliated to the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions have concluded the Strike Rules for the contemplated strike action, which is due to commence on Monday 18th April 2011.


Employees are further informed that parties have agreed on the following Strike Rules, among others:


1. Categories of employees that are excluded from participating in the strike are the Senior Management (i.e. Officers on salary grade E2 and above); School Heads and their Deputies at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions; and Heads of Stations and Depots across the country.


2. There will be a minimum service for Essential Services by which 30% (or 3 out of every 10 employees) of the total employees in each facility, unit or section should remain to provide the minimum services. The Essential Services include the following services:

 
a) Health Services
b) Electricity Services
c) Fire Services
d) Sewerage services
e) Water Services
f) Veterinary Services
g) Transport and Communication services necessary to the operation of any of the foregoing services.


3. There will also be a minimum service for non-essential services by which 20% (or 2 out of every 10 employees) of the total employees in each facility, unit or section should remain to provide the minimum services.


4.  The employer is not obliged to remunerate an employee for services that an employee does not render during the strike or lockout. The Employer has taken the decision that all striking employees shall not be paid for the period not worked. Therefore all supervising officers are required to keep and maintain an attendance register for employees who are at work for the duration of the strike.


5. The employer shall provide the full identity and contact details of persons with whom the marshals shall deal with for and on behalf of the employer. This requires that Unions or their representatives are to liaise with Accounting Officers and Heads of Department, Educational Institutions, Stations and Depots in their respective areas of operation, who will provide them with their full contact details to facilitate communication between Unions and Management during the strike action.


6. The employer shall designate facilities such as ablution blocks, drinking water and any other welfare services for employees participating in the strike.


7. Some areas shall be designated as “no-go” areas.

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