Botswana Union Petitions for Removing Orapa's GM, Assistant

13 08 2010

RAPAPORT… The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) is demanding that Orapa/Letlhakane diamond mine general manager, Sebetlela Sebetlela, and his assistant, Dan Mahupela, be fired for failing to consult the union on the installation of a new mine surveillance system.

According to a report by allAfrica.com, the union forwarded a petition to Blackie Marole, the managing director of the Debswana Diamond Company, which owns the mine, stating that while the union was not opposed to the surveillance system, there should have been consultation prior to its introduction.

“Regrettably there has never been any consultation with the union until the system was brought and only to be shown to the union. There is no consultation at all in the Orapa management,” the petition reads.

The union also claims in the petition that its members are being deprived of their freedom of association at Orapa, adding that leaders at the mine were pursuing personal agendas and recruiting workers to a new union.

This, the petition states, is in breach of a collective agreement.

The petition accused management of recruiting expatriates without any input from the union, and of failing to provide the union with a localization and training plan, allAfrica.com reported.

“We strongly feel that this is done deliberately to deny the union its right to monitor the recruitment of expatriates and how it disadvantages Botswana,” the petition read.


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