FNB employees to demonstrate over salaries Tuesday

08 Jul 2013 12:00
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - Employees of the First National Bank of Namibia will stage a peaceful demonstration over failed salary negotiations here on Tuesday morning.
NBWU Secretary-General Lawrence Ihuhua told Nampa on enquiry Monday that the demonstration, through the Namibia Bank and Allied Workers? Union (NBWU), will start at 07h00 from the construction site of the new FNB office along Independence Avenue to the current FNB head office in the same street.
?The law-enforcement agency has confirmed to guide us through as we are going to hand over a petition to the FNB Chief Executive Officer Ian Leyenaar,? Ihuhua said.
The bank and the union reached a deadlock over salary increment negotiations, after the union turned down an offer of seven per cent from the bank.
The union initially requested 12 per cent, but later lowered it to 10 per cent.
The union also proposed a housing subsidy of 30 per cent on the basic salary of all employees who do not have housing mortgages with the bank.
Ihuhua said the union and its members will hold a strategic meeting here Monday at 17h00 to prepare for the demonstration on Tuesday.