- HURRIED AMENDMENT OF TRADE DISPUTE ACT MOOTED
- TEACHERS AND VERTERINARY SERVICES TO BE BARRED FROM STRIKING
Government has moved swiftly to tighten laws governing the right to participate in an industrial action during the two -week -long suspension period of the public sector strike.
The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs was yesterday, 15 June proposing to amend a trade dispute act with the intention of barring teachers and veterinary services from engaging in future strikes.
Information reaching The Voice from reliable sources in government suggests that the proposal was to be tabled before the Labour Advisory Board meeting in Gaborone.
Teaching and Veterinary services were to be included under essential services trades, which would automatically ban them from participating in a strike, thereby frustrating the effectiveness of another strike after the just suspended eight week long Public Service industrial action.
The just ended strike has been blamed for an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, forced school closures and a crippled health system among several other problems.
When contacted for comment, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Peter Siele could not confirm or deny the allegation as at the time of going to press he was in London.
Meanwhile the Director of the Southern Regional operations in the Ministry of Education, Galesenngwe Mohube has revealed that 71% of the teaching staff went on strike in the first two weeks of April, adversely affecting the student’s curriculum.
He was speaking during a parent-teacher meeting at Boiteko Junior Secondary School in Ranaka on Wednesday where parents had expressed anger and disappointment at the 11 teachers who had engaged in the strike.
When the parents expressed concern that the teachers were not going to cover for the time lost during the strike, Mohube assured the parents that the Ministry would come up with a plan.