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Botswana, Union Leaders Fail to Agree on Terms, Strike Continues

June 01, 2011

June 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Botswanan government said a wage- negotiation meeting held yesterday between public sector union leaders and government was concluded without any agreement, according to an e-mailed press release.

The government maintained its unconditional offer of a 3 percent inflationary adjustment across the board effective September, and urged employees to return to work saying other demands will be negotiated later, Festinah Bakwena, director of public service management said.

“There is lack of respect on the part of the government that has just developed and we cannot take that,” Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions spokesperson, Goretetse Kekgonegile said by phone today.

“The strike will therefore continue until we meet as union leadership to map a way forward sometime today,” Kekgonegile said.

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