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Botswana Police Fire Tear Gas at Striking Workers, Union Says

June 09, 2011

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Botswana’s police fired tear gas to disperse striking state workers who had gathered to protest in Gaborone, said Justin Hunyepa, executive secretary of the Botswana Secondary Teachers Union.

About 3,500 striking workers held a rally in the capital, Hunyepa said in an interview today.

State workers, including teachers and nurses in the southern African nation, have been on strike since April 18 over pay. The unions and the government failed to agree on terms of a 3 percent pay increase last week. The unions had wanted a 12 percent raise.

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