26 Mar 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAR (NAMPA) - The president of the Namibian National Labour Organisation (NANLO), Evilastus Kaaronda says he is willing to listen to disgruntled taxi drivers complaints and assist where he can.
Taxi drivers affiliated to the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) started striking last week in protest at high traffic fines, the lack of taxi ranks around Windhoek, and the alleged attitude of law enforcement officials towards them.
The unions president, Werner Januarie on Monday called for Kaarondas support and issued an open invitation for him to address his unions members.
The NTTU leader's call came after several attempts by his union to get an audience with lawmakers to amongst others have their concerns on hefty traffic fines heard.
Kaaronda indicated in a telephonic interview on Tuesday that he is willing to offer his support as he was also involved in a taxi strike two years ago.
I'm ready to listen, and whatever assistance I can render that will help solve their problem, I will be eager to do that, he stated.
He however said no one from the taxi union has approached him with such a request yet.
The taxi drivers had previously threatened to strike for as long as it takes to have their grievances addressed by the authorities, but that decision has since been reversed and the strike ended on Monday.
Approached for comment on Tuesday, Januarie confirmed that the strike was called off. He said he received a letter from the Secretary to the National Assembly (NA), Jakes Jacobs on Monday saying the NAs main priority currently is the national budget discussions, but the unions concerns will be addressed within the first quarter of this year.
For now we have relaxed the strike until further notice. Some drivers were also scared that they might be dismissed for taking part in the strike, Januarie said.
He added that they are still working on getting Kaaronda involved in the matter.