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All out strike in Botswana

Issue No. 2251

The ten-day public sector strike paralysing Botswana in southern Africa has been extended indefinitely.

More than 90,000 workers in the BOFEPUSU union federation are demanding a 16 percent pay increase. The government has offered 5 percent.

The strike remains solid.

Despite the government winning a court case saying that no one in essential services is allowed to strike, BOFEPUSU has told workers to keep taking action.

Motsomi Marobela of International Socialists Botswana reports, “At Morula Square, where striking workers meet every day, the mood is defiant. Workers are continuously fired up with struggle songs and inspiring speakers.”


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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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