Air Namibia strike set for Wednesday

28 Feb 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) - The planned strike at the national airliner is set for next Wednesday.
The Namibia Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Natau) General Secretary, John Kwedhi confirmed this to Nampa on Friday, saying it will take place simultaneously countrywide.
Air Namibia employees cast ballots last week Friday and again on Monday to decide on whether to take part in industrial action if management does not comply to their salary demands.
Natau on Monday said during a media briefing here that it gave management a chance to reconsider its position of an increase of 6.4 per cent total-costs-to-company (TCTC) imposed on union members in March 2013.
However, the parties reached a deadlock on 18 November 2013, and received a certificate of unresolved dispute from the Office of the Labour Commissioner in that regard.
Natau proposed a seven per cent, as well as a nine per cent salary increment to Air Namibia management to be implemented as from 01 April 2014.
The parties held their last meeting on 13 February 2014, whereby management made a request to Natau to forgo the 2013 negotiations and consider 2014 salary negotiations.