27 Mar 2014 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) signed a wage agreement with the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) in the capital on Thursday.
The wage agreement involves a salary increment of 10 per cent for job grades A and B, eight per cent for grade C and 6,5 per cent for the D+ grade.
Transport allowances for all grades below executive management shall also be increased from N.dollars 500 to N.dollars 800 with effect from 01 April 2014.
Signing the agreement on behalf of Napwu, the unions General Secretary Petrus Nevonga explained that the two parties managed to negotiate and agree on items relating to salary adjustments, employment benefits and matters related to conditions of service for the financial year 2014/2015.
Napwu and the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) as parties to this collective bargaining process have agreed and committed ourselves to regulate the industrial relations and dynamics sustaining the equitable relationship between them, he stated.
He then called on all employers in Namibia to uphold the principles of mutual respect and recognition of their employees, as well as the rights of the workplace union representatives.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NQA, Asnath Kaperu, signed on behalf of this institution, and explained that it took three-and-a-half months before the negotiations could be concluded between the two parties.
You will agree with me that this is progress. I am equally proud to mention that the negotiations went smoothly. Napwu tabled its case, and so did the NQA, she said.
Kaperu stressed that the NQA values the role of labour, saying organised labour is represented on the Board, and thus influences the direction and policy of the NQA.
The interests of labour are embedded in all the standards set by the NQA, be it occupational, professional or curriculum standards. The Authority can thus only achieve its objectives if the welfare of its employees is taken care of through, amongst others, considerations, adequate wages and benefits.
Kaperu indicated that the employees of the NQA equally have a reciprocal duty of maintaining high standards of work ethics, and to take pride in their respective roles in ensuring that the Authority, as a collective, achieves all its objectives.