The Politicization Of Trade Unions.. It Has Been Unbearable

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The politicization of trade unions. It has been unbearable since 2008 that the employees went on without meaningful salary increment. It is obvious that trade unions ought to align with a political party that inclines an ear to their demands. In fact, in 1990 the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) was formed in Zambia. Among the parties represented to form MMD were the labour movement, under the umbrella of the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU); professional associations, notably the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) and the Press Association of Zambia (PAZA); the Economic Association of Zambia and the University of Zambia Students Union. (Political Party Systems in Africa Project, SAIIA, 2009: 3). Another example is the Labour…show more content…
This did not sit well as BOPEU ended up disaffiliating from BOFEPUSU. The shape of industrial relations in Botswana Public Service got more unpleasant. Business Weekly (June 1, 2015) , Around April 2014, the media carried reports that BOFEPUSU had endorsed the Umbrella for Democratic Change. The BOFEPUSU Secretary General for Labour, Johnson Motswarakgole, was reported to have said the electoral cooperation of the three UDC parties is what Batswana have been crying for over the years. It became more evident when Two Court of Appeal judgments by Judge President Ian Kirby have effectively changed the labour relations playing field permanently. With trade unions moving the political direction. Their action was opposite what was called for by the former President Sir Seretse Khama who cautioned that; A trade union movement must seek to maintain the confidence of all its members irrespective of party affiliation. It must not become an agent of a political party. We in Botswana have given trade unions freedom to represent their member’s interests and to guide the aspirations of our workers so that they make a productive contribution to national growth.p9 Since independence the government of Botswana has always had an upper hand over trade unions. Cooper (1985) argued that historically the state of Botswana has assumed tight control over trade

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