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Back pays could need PSBC

Government is expected to pay affiliate members of the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) effective 1st of June 2017, but may demand that the Federation be part of the bargaining process if the issue of back pays is to be addressed.


The payments will effect June as a result of a mutual understanding in court between the Government and BOFEPUSU that the employer starts paying Federation members their 3 percent and 4 percent in June; and that BOFEPUSU should pay 55 percent of the cost of the case for three respondents being President Lt Gen Ian Khama; Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Carter Morupusi; and the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM).  


Sources within Government point out that they will not want to be further seen to be making unilateral decisions by awarding BOFEPUSU affiliate members back pays of the 3 percent awarded in 2016 and the 4 percent awarded this year. BOFEPUSU members had not benefited from the awards because the Federation leadership had challenged the increment in court on the basis that they were unlawful since they were done outside the Bargaining Council.


Following the Court of Appeal pronouncement which BOFEPUSU lost, the Federation pulled out of the Public Service Bargaining Council, in protest, and as a gesture to force government to pay its members the 3 percent and 4 percent salary increases. If government is to insist on the back pays being negotiated, through the PSBC, BOFEPUSU will have to apply for re-admission into the PSBC.


Mboki Chilisa of Collins Chilisa Consultants had written to Joseph Akoonyatse of Akoonyatse Law Firm indicating that:  “We confirm our mutual understanding in court that the agreement which was made an order of court is not in any way intended to dispose of any alleged entitlement by members of the Applicant unions to receive back pays. The issue remains open for discussion and resolution through appropriate mechanisms and structures.” Akoonyatse in his response confirmed the mutual understanding, however he said for avoidance of doubt, the period affected by the backpays issue is for the month of May 2017 going backwards.

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