China and Botswana: legal and cultural differences in labour laws

Liu Yang, Cyprian Nugah Doh


Labour related conflicts are increasingly becoming a thorny issue in China-Africa economic relations and have greatly undermined the strong China-African relationship of recent times. The Chinese investments in Africa have come under criticisms on their labour practices. Though the case of Botswana has not been the most pronounced case of China -Africa labour conflict, it provides the tip of the iceberg for a more profound understanding of these problems. The case study underscores such a need by highlighting the legal cultural gap in Labour law as regards to probation and termination of employment in Botswana and China. We will discuss how understanding these differences can be helpful in ensuring that Chinese Investment in Africa at large and Botswana in particular is fostered in an environment of peace, security and social justice. The paper aspires to provide an understanding of the labour law as regards the termination of employment during probation as a springboard for more profound research in this area.

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