Semogotso Mbole Mothotho told councillors in Francistown during a Full Council Meeting this week that the cases continue to worry them.
“They are known for not paying overtime and unlawfully terminating employee’s contracts under unusual circumstances,” said the Assistant Registrar.
She assured councillors that they are working hard to establish the root cause of the problem and to bring suitable solutions.
“Since they have an association and are more organized, it will be much easier for us to engage them.
Only then can we assist to address the problem accordingly,” she said and added that, “The next highest disputes are from the mining sector followed by the retail industry.”
She further revealed that the Francistown Industrial Court is battling with a huge backlog of cases dating back to 2010.
“These are the cases which have never entered the adjudication stage.
Other cases below 2010 are still in the court system due to delays peculiar to each case depending on each case,” said Mothotho.
She attributed the backlog to a number of factors. “One of the factors is the economic downturn that affected companies.
The other factor is difficulty to trace clients due to high mobility.
Most companies follow economic vibrancy, when mines are offering business opportunities companies move there, when business is low the move elsewhere,” she explained.