3 – Regular violations of rights
The ITUC Global Rights Index


The ITUC affiliate in Botswana is the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU).

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Australian mining company locks out workers and prevents trade unionists from entering the enterprise premises05-03-2015

The Australian listed mining company, Discovery Metals Limited (DML), locked out 422 workers and abandoned its Boseto Copper Mine, using help from the Botswana police force. Workers were ordered to stop working during the night shift at about 2.30 a.m. on 27 February and told to move all equipment to the surface halfway. They were then assembled together with all other workers at the mine and told by DML’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Fulker, in the presence of members of the Botswana police force, that management had no authority at the mine any longer and that they must leave the mine premises, including company accommodation, immediately. Workers were not allowed to ask questions, were forced onto buses by the police and abandoned in Maun, a town 90 kilometers away. The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) was not informed of this decision by management prior to the lockout lockout A form of industrial action whereby an employer refuses work to its employees or temporarily shuts down operations. . When BMWU officials arrived at the mine, they were initially refused entry onto the premises by police and then denied access to workers by management. Three hours later management reluctantly allowed the officials to speak to the remaining workers about to board the last two buses.

Refusal to reinstate public sector workers20-03-2013

The High Court of the Republic of Botswana, ruled that the mass dismissals carried out on 16 May 2011 after the national strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
, were justified. (High Court Civil Case, MAHLB 000631 11). The Botswana Landboards and Local Authorities Workers’ Union, Botswana Public Employees’ Union and the National Amalgamated Local and Central Government and Parastatal Workers’ Union received a judgement on 21st June 2012, reinstating the 2,934 workers. It is against this decision that the Attorney General appealed, for and on behalf of the Director of Public Service Management.

Government bans unions’ songs19-09-2012

The Director of Public Service Management (DPSM), Carter Morupisi, warned the Botswana Sector for Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) about singing songs that could be considered as “provocative” after union members sang songs during the celebration of their 25th anniversary and annual conference. He pointed out that “good working relations between the employees and the employer” will be strained, if BOSETU did not stop singing songs about food allowances and higher wages.

Disruption at workers’ rally23-03-2013

A workers’ rally held by the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) at Ditshegwane was disrupted by the BDP Youths and Security Agents who intimidated workers taking pictures and videos of them and threatening that they would give the images to the employer to ensure the dismissal of the participating workers.

Obstacles to collective bargaining13-03-2012
Refusal to bargain in good faith23-05-2012

On 23 May 2012, the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) complained that the government had not nominated its representatives to the bargaining council and was thus delaying salary negotiations. The government had also failed to give the unions information on its total workforce and wage bill.

Refusal to recognise unions20-06-2012

The Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) refused to recognise the National Amalgamated Local & Central Government Workers Union (NALCGWU) on the grounds that it had previously reached a recognition recognition The designation by a government agency of a union as the bargaining agent for workers in a given bargaining unit, or acceptance by an employer that its employees can be collectively represented by a union. agreement with the Maranyane Staff Union. On 20 June 2012, the Industrial Court ruled in favour of NALCGWU.

Collective bargaining still weak31-12-2011
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