Botswana government and Public Employees Union agrees on salary increment

Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) President, Masego Mogwera. Photo: African Media.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi and Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) President Masego Mogwera, recently met and the former promised to increase the public servants’ salaries before April end this year.

Mogwera recently disclosed to media that her meeting with Masisi came about after the president she called upon the Masisi to advise him to look into the issue of salary increments because there were delays in addressing the matter.

“To make good on his promise to increase public servants’ salaries before April end this year, Masisi met with public sector unions, as hope springs eternal for salary negotiations to go on,” said.

“The President therefore assured us that he would inform the relevant people to address the issue so that all decisions can be finalised in April. Even though we didn’t state by how much percentage the increase will be, we are promised the rise in salaries within the public sector (is certain).”

Obeile Molamu, the National Amalgamated Local and Central Government and Parastatal Workers Union chairperson weighed in applauding Masisi for showing commitmemnt into their demands.

“President’s facial expression and the tone that he used during our exchange shows that apparent there is commitment. I believe that public servants’ salaries will be increased on a set timeframe. In his statement Masisi did not say ‘I will ask the government negotiators to speed up their discussions’ but rather said ‘I will tell them to do so’ hence we expect that before the 1st of April the discussions will be done,” Molamu said.

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