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Title:Industrial Relations in the Public Service: The Right to Join a Union in Botswana Contrasted With South Africa
Author:Solo, Kholisani
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:labour relations
civil service
labour law
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
trade unions
Industrial relations
public sector
Labor laws and legislation
Abstract:Industrial relations in the public service of Botswana and South Africa impact significantly on security of tenure. There is more security of employment in circumstances where an employee is allowed to join a union and to bargain collectively. Industrial relations in both countries have been influenced by conventions and recommendations of the ILO, notably the right to freedom of association. This study compares freedom of association, collective bargaining and unionization in the public service in Botswana and South Africa. In Botswana a consultative machinery places restrictions on such freedom and on collective bargaining. Moreover, a distinction is made between public servants who belong to the industrial class and those who do not. Botswana can learn from the South African example, the new Labour Relations Act, 1995, and the new labour relations framework, which create a single regime for all workers, while labour rights are enshrined in the country's constitution. Ref.