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Title:Globalization vs public sector labour unions' transformation in Africa: the case of Botswana
Author:Obasi, Isaac N.
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:trade unions
public sector
professional associations
labour relations
Abstract:In 1997, the government of Botswana ratified a number of ILO conventions, thereby opening the long awaited window of opportunity for public sector staff associations to transform into labour unions. This ratification provided a new legal platform for public sector labour unions to collaborate with the government as partners in promoting good governance. The paper observes that this new legal framework of collaboration was part of the wider gains of globalization in Botswana. Using data generated through case study interviews of selected public sector staff associations and complemented with review of official documents, the paper examines the extent to which the new legal framework enables the public sector labour unions to partner effectively with the government in the task of national development. The study reveals enormous challenges facing public sector labour unions in the task of collaborating with the government as partners in progress. The paper further confirms the thesis that there are organizational and political weaknesses in the trade union movement in Botswana that cast doubts on the possibility of the emergence of social movement unionism. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]