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Botswanan Striking State Workers Clash With Police in Gaborone

June 09, 2011

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Some striking Botswanan state workers clashed with police and broke shop windows in the capital, Gaborone, yesterday, said Goretetse Kekgonegile, spokesman for the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions.

Union leaders will travel around the country to try make sure the strike, now in its eighth week, doesn’t become violent, Kekgonegile said by phone from the capital today.

“That is an unfortunate development and those people are not our members,” he said. “We are committed to peace.”

State workers in the southern African nation, including teachers and nurses, 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jerry Bungu in Gaborone at jbungu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gordon Bell at gbell16@bloomberg.net


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