FNB staff stage peaceful demonstration over salaries

09 Jul 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA) ? Most First National Bank of Namibia employees on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration in demand for better salaries.
The group was led by the Namibia Bank and Allied Workers? Union (NBWU) Secretary-General Lawrence Ihuhua, and marched from the construction site of the new FNB office along Independence Avenue to the current FNB head office in the same street.
Ihuhua read the workers? petition in the presence of some FNB management members, but they refused to receive the petition. Union officials then slid the petition under the door of FNB Chief Executive Officer Ian Leyenaar's office.
Employees are demanding a salary increase of 10 per cent, after lowering it from their initial request of 12 per cent.
The bank is only willing to give seven per cent.
They also want, among others, benefits with no conditions such as credit checks; removal of all trustees on the FNB Pension Fund and FNB wage negotiations team; all internal policies to be abolished and be reviewed; and medical aid to be increased with five per cent as agreed last year.
?As NBWU, we fully support the decision by our members to embark upon mass action with those in the choice of withdrawing their labour power. What is worse is that the country's leading financial provider, FNB, came up with ridiculous counter demands at our conciliation meeting that had resulted in the union obtaining a certificate of unresolved dispute,? said Ihuhua.
He added that based on the bank?s financial results, the bank has done well in terms of profits and they do not want to share their income with the employees.
Leyenaar could not be reached for comment, as he was apparently locked up in a meeting the whole of Tuesday.