Welcome to BLLAHWU
A GLIMPSE INTO THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
The purpose of this brief is to sensitize and give you a brief insight to the journey of Botswana Unified Local Government Servants Association (BULGSA) till it underwent the process of name change to Botswana Land Boards and Local Authorities Workers Union (BLLAWU). However this brief would not give a day by day account or history, but will pick some triumphant and painful moments in the life of BULGSA.
At first it was Bechuanaland Junior Tribal Employees Association which was registered before independence and later transformed into a Union sometimes in 1970 but duly registered as Botswana Local Government workers union on the 15th January 1971 under Trade union Act 24 of 1969. Things changed again when Government prohibited public servants to form Unions and this change of events saw the Botswana Local Government Workers union giving birth to Botswana Unified Local Government Service Association in 1974 under ULGS Act and now is Botswana Land Boards and Local Authorities Workers Union (BLLAWU).
ALLEGED NEGOTIATIONS ON OVERTIME OF PUBLIC SERVANTS IN MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
1. We refer to the above captioned matter
2. It must be noted that overtime in the public service is regulated by Employment Act , and resolution no. 3 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of negotiations of 2015/16 as concluded at Public Service Bargaining Council (PSBC).
3. It is the duty of the employer to pay employees for work done as per dictates of employment relations regulated by above stipulated legal and policy framework.
4. Sometime this week various Councils issued correspondences indicating that overtime of employees will be withheld or not paid.
5. This morning the team of Permanent Secretary To President Elias Magosi and Director of DPSM Naledi Mosalakatane narrated to the public that they are in negotiation with Unions regarding the non payment of employment at Local Government .
6. First the two were not telling the truth as there are no negotiations on the matter and they know it , infact there is no need for negotiations about the matter and they will be none.
7. The concerned employees have earned overtime and what remains is for the employer to pay them accordingly.
8. We have just called DPSM to relay our displeasure of publicly stating something that is not true , and we have given them an ultimatum that by end of business on Monday 11th May 2020, they should have withdrawn the stated savingram and caused for payment of concerned employees.
9. It is ruthless and barbaric to have employers who get employees to work and fail to pay them for work performed as overtime. This is seriously concerning as it is done by Government who is supposed to be the role model employer , and upholder of labour laws and policies . What we are witnessing here is clear slavery where employees perform work without accompanying compensation .
10. As a Union we have taken the matter and will follow appropriate channels to ensure the justice for employees . We will equally with the same tempo deal with employers who want to ill treat employees . As ruthless as they are to employees , we will start to be ruthless with such Employers and officials.
Yours in Solidarity, Justice & Prosperity
SAFETY OF FRONTLINE WORKERS ON COVID-19
It is not yet clear if the current measures taken by the Government
guarantee workers safety and productivity.
We therefore, urge the Government to immediately take all the necessary
measures to ensure that the lives and health of workers as well as
protection of their labour rights are guaranteed as they will be in
the frontline of the battle against Coronavirus . BLLAHWU accentuate
the heroic contribution of health care workers in hospitals, clinics and
other services who are striving to protect the lives of the people in the
country under exhausting conditions ,poor and inadequate health system.