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Industrial Court orders that essential services employees on...
13/05/11

The Industrial Court has on the evening of 10 May 2011 issued an order granting the Government leave to implement with immediate effect the Judgment dated 6 May 2011, which declared the strike by public officers in essential services illegal and unprotected, notwithstanding the appeal filed by the Unions. 
The Court further ordered the said Unions  to pay the costs of the application.
 
This order, though returnable on Friday 10 June 2011, is effective immediately, which means that the employees in essential services should abide by this ruling forthwith.

The services to which the order applies are 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.

The Government wishes to reiterate that all public servants employed  in the essential services  indicated above, including support services, must remain at work. Any such workers who have not already returned to work must do so immediately.

Those who fail to do so risk disciplinary action, including summary dismissal.

 

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