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Worker’s participation in national policy development and implementation

Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) is the national trade union federation for Botswana. Founded in 1977, it represents Unions covering all sectors of the economy.  At present BFTU has 23 affiliates.

BFTU is affiliated to the: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Africa, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) International, Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), The Southern Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC).

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) recognises BFTU’s status as the national labour centre in Botswana. Botswana Federation of Trade Union’s mission is to “build a strong labour movement for democracy, social dialogue and sustainable development” This is further augmented by its vision of striving to promote the interest and welfare of the workers, individual citizens and to create a free and prosperous society in Botswana.

Our Mission

To promote trade union and human rights; bargain for improved conditions of service and good industrial relations.

Our Vision

To be a leading federation of all trade unions in Botswana and beyond.

Our Values

  • …culture of collective struggle.
  • …Workers participatory democracy.
  • …accountability, transparency and ethics
  • … class consciousness and struggle.
  • …Social dialogue and constructive engagement
  • …Cooperation and networking with strategies allies
  • …Social democracy

Our Guiding Values In Detail


all leaders of the federation and affiliate unions must take full responsibility for their decisions and actions. They must be in a position to explain and justify them at all times.


all decisions must be taken in an open manner where every member can appreciate everything that has been done or ought to be done.


there must be mutual respect for one another and humility in the execution of duties and responsibilities by all members of the federation.


all members must perform their duties and responsibilities in line with all the instruments governing their professional conduct. They must strive for higher standards as well as enhance the image and the reputation of the federation.

Worker focus

everything that we do must be geared towards serving workers in the most efficient and effective manner. Their needs and demands must be addressed promptly at all times in line with the philosophy of trade unionism.

Stakeholder engagement:

establishing partnerships and linkages with organizations that can contribute to the growth and sustenance of the federation.

Key staff positions.

  • Thusang Butale

    Thusang Butale

    Secretary General
  • Gowenius Toka

    Gowenius Toka

    Interior Designer
  • Wamodimo Tokwe

    Wamodimo Tokwe

  • Shandu


  • Tshepiso Mbereki

    Tshepiso Mbereki

    Deputy SG