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BOPEU is ready to re-join PSBC


BOPEU which has not been a member of the PSBC after withdrawing its membership from BOFEPUSU, has finally audited its membership as per the requirements to qualify for the application of entry into PSBC.  


The new president of BOPEU, Masego Mogwera, has indicated during the recent BOPEU media briefing that “we are ready to join PSBC and we will submit our documents for application once the current PSBC, BOFEPUSU and Government standoff is complete.” Mogwera also noted that the membership of BOPEU stands at 34000 hence surpassing the 26000 figure required for admission by the PSBC constitution. This makes BOPEU the single largest trade union in the country.


The Public Service Bargaining Council has been a subject of numerous court cases and counter legal presentations. This has resulted in halting of its operations and the subsequent halt of salary increase negotiations.  BOFEPUSU is currently touring the country in a bid to update its members on the developments at the PSBC.

 

The blame game continues with the Government accusing BOFEPUSU of dragging the PSBC matter out of proportion and hence denying workers the salary increment. On the other hand, BOFEPUSU is pointing a finger at the Government that it is hell bent on rendering PSBC ineffective and ungovernable.  


By joining PSBC, BOPEU, which was instrumental in the formation of the PSBC, will be allocated seats along with other BOFEPUSU members being; Botswana Teachers Union, Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union, Manual Workers Union and Botswana Land Boards, Local Authorities and Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU).

 

This composition will bring an end to over a year dramatic power struggle between BOPEU and BOFEPUSU which saw the non BOFEPUSU members not benefiting from the 3% government windfall which Government was quick to label as a salary adjustment rather than an increase.


What remains to be concluded is whether the non BOFEPUSU members who have been allocated a 3% will be made at par with their colleague once the PSBC negotiations are complete, or the pay structure shall continue to be in the 3% disparity after BOFEPUSU had applied for a court interdict to halt the unilateral awarding of 3% salary increase across board citing lacking of consultation.

 

The court agreed with BOFEPUSU but rather in a wide deliberation issued judgment that the Government should not increase salaries for BOFEPUSU members but that the employer is at liberty to effect salary increase for non BOFEPUSU members. This then created the 3% disparity within the civil service salaries.

 

The 3% salary increase was also not extended to those who hold membership of more than one trade union. Such employees, though are able to enjoy and benefit from the services of all trade unions they are members, are however not considered when membership audit of the PSBC is done for purposes of the 2600 threshold required for  entry into PSBC.


Masego Mogwera has also indicated that it is not up to her to return BOPEU to the membership of BOFEPUSU as such a decision was a congress decision and only BPEU congress has the power to reverse its decisions. Mogwera continue that “BOPEU is lead and managed through its constitution. My role is to adhere to the same constitution and implement resolutions of our members. It is not my role to issue resolutions and thus the question of whether BOPEU shall return to BOFEPUSU or not is beyond me”.

 

Mogwera, who is also the former president of BOFEPUSU rubbished allegations that BOFEPUSU funded her campaign leading to the BOPEU 2015 Congress in Palapye. She further told this publication that it is news to her that BOFFEPUSU funded her campaign and that “such might be wishes of people I do not even know”. 

 

Amongst the reasons advanced my members of BOPEU when it pulled out of BOFEPUSU was that BOFEPUSU has become too much of a political organisation than a trade union which could create animosity between members of trade union movement. BOPEU members also lamented the lack of auditing books of accounts at BOFEPUSU which has not been done since formation of BOFEPUSU. BOFEPUSU, which announced months ago that it has completed its audit process is yet to make its audit report public.


Masego Mogwera, takes over the BOPEU presidency from Andrew Motsamai who was the inaugural president of BOPEU until his resignation from the Government which effectively meant that he resigns as President of BOPEU. Motsamai led BOPEU from its days as the Botswana Civil Service Association and transformed it into the modern day BOPEU with a massive investment arm and subsidiaries including Education, Merchandise, Tourism, Agriculture, Banking etcetera.

 

The change of guard at BOPEU is that Martin Onalenna Gabobake has taken over as First Deputy President, a position left vacant by Masego Mogwera’s ascendance to the Presidency. Matildah Ogaufi Masame has retained her positon as Second Deputy president responsible for gender and youth affairs.

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