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Botswana: Botswana Domestic and Allied Workers Union (BODAU)

Botswana: Botswana Domestic and Allied Workers Union (BODAU)

by IDWFED published Mar 03, 2020 12:00 AM
Botswana: Botswana Domestic and Allied Workers Union (BODAU)
Street Address Plot 4220 Extension 14 Gaborone
Phone Number +267 395 2534 / +267 77859293
Fax Number +267 395 2013
Email [email protected]
Type Trade Union
Number of Male Members 0
Number of Female Members 350
Members Pay Fees
Maintains Register of Fees Paid Maintains register of fees paid
Year Established 2018


1. To obtain and maintain for its members just and proper rates of remunerations, security of employment and reasonable hours and conditions of work, and to provide advice and assistance accordingly.

2. To pursue joint consultation with the employers in various households in order to secure the greatest possible measure of effective participation by the union in all decisions affecting the working conditions of its members.

3. To regulate relations between employer and employee, between member and member and between members and other workers of the Botswana Domestic and Allied Workers Union and endeavor to adjust any differences between them by
amicable and conciliatory means.

4. To further financially or otherwise the work or purpose of any lawful association or national body for having its object the promotion of the interest of labour, trade unionists.

5. To promote the material, social and educational welfare of the members in any lawful manner which a General Meeting, or the Executive Committee may deem expedient.

6. To provide legal assistance to members in connection with their employment.

7. Generally to do any of the things that a Trade Union is permitted to do by law.

8. The Union shall be free, independent and democratic.

9. The objects shall be promoted in accordance with Trade Unions and Employers’ Organizations Act Chapter 48:01, as amended from time to time.


BODAU was founded in December 15, 2018 through the support of Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) and a Consultant Mr Opelo Baleseng (now BDOAU Contact Person appointed by NEC).

A total of 200 domestic workers attended the first meeting termed Domestic Workers Awareness Program. Such workshop was facilitated by trade union veteran Mr Edward Tswaipe, BFTU Secretary General Mr Thusang Butale and Emmanuel Mosedise as the Chief Organizer. This activity brought positive results as more than 150 domestic workers joined the union at infancy stage due to the challenges they described as disheartening.

Recruitment of Domestic Workers continued while awaiting registration. Domestic Workers welcomed the organization but feared to join citing intimidation from their employers, something that the union intends to cure.

BODAU underwent the registration process which took almost 11 months to be completed. The union was dully registered on the 2nd December 2019 and given its Registration Certificate under number: TUC…/19.