06 Mar 2014 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) A looming strike at national airliner Air Namibia was averted on Wednesday after management agreed to increase salaries by 6.4 per cent, backdated from 01 April 2013.
A salaries and substantive agreement between Air Namibia and the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau) availed to the media on the same day indicated that the payment of the difference in percentage will be backdated from 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.
Payment in this regard will be effected with the March 2014 salaries. The additional increment agreed shall be calculated on total cost-to-company, and the cash component of the increment (excluding employment benefits) shall be applied to the basic salary component, it explained.
The increment excluded employees who were previously employed on temporary/short-duration contracts, and who were recently appointed on long-term contracts.
They will, however, be eligible for the 2014 increments as and when those are agreed on.
This agreement shall finalise the negotiations for the 2013/14 financial year.
Last week, Natau announced a strike at Air Namibia if management does not reconsider its position of a 6.4 per cent total-cost-to-company (TCTC) increase, a request made for union members since March 2013.
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 had 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 a meeting on 13 February 2014, where management made a request to Natau to forgo the 2013 negotiations and consider fresh 2014 salary negotiations.
Natau General Secretary John Kwedhi said during a media conference on Tuesday this week that the strike, set to commence on Wednesday, would only be called off if management agrees to the employees salary demands.