10 Jul 2013 11:30
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) ? A Namibian construction worker who was bumped by a vehicle driven by his Chinese employer on Tuesday, was paid N.dollars 30 000 in compensation, and the accused person fired and deported to China on Wednesday.
The victim, Otto Taddeus, 22, was one of 18 workers loaded onto a pick-up vehicle by the site manager at the Mix informal settlement north of Windhoek, where they were busy constructing a warehouse.
The manager then spinned the car widely at high speed, forcing Taddeus to jump off out of fear for his life.
The driver, whose name is withheld by the company, reversed into Taddeus, injuring his right leg in the process.
All this followed a disagreement over wages.
The workers immediately called their union, Namibia Building Workers? Union (NABWU) for assistance, and union officials rushed to the scene and called the Namibian Police Force who arrested the site manager.
The case of assault was withdrawn on the same day after an agreement was reached between the injured worker and the company, Qingdao Construction.
In a telephonic interview with Nampa on Wednesday, one of the company?s managers, who asked for anonymity, said the company took the victim to the Catholic Private Hospital immediately after the incident, and several tests were performed, upon which the victim was declared fit by the doctor.
?Yesterday, the victim withdrew the case and the company agreed to pay him N.dollars 30 000 in compensation. The suspect has been fired and deported to China on Wednesday.
We have accepted the wrong-doing by our colleague and we appear guilty in this regard,? he said.
The full amount of compensation was paid to the worker on Tuesday, and he is still working at that company.
He was also paid for one-day leave requested on Wednesday.
The company also agreed to pay its employees strictly according to the Namibian Labour Law, specifically minimum wages, which was how the unfortunate incident started in the first place.