Tucna accuses Sioka of double standards

19 Apr 2014 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) - The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) has called on the Labour Minister to reverse the appointment of her deputy as the chairperson of the 12th Labour Advisory Council (LAC).
In a media statement issued on Thursday, Tucna president Paulus Hango accused the Minister of Labour Doreen Sioka of double standards for appointing Deputy Minister of Labour Alpheus Muheua as the LAC chairperson.
“To our dismay, the government has now adopted an approach in terms of which they employ exclusive control of the tripartite consultation process by undermining the intentions of the Labour Act. This will more or less amount to the minister advising herself, and this what we are totally against,” he bemoaned.
Sioka inaugurated the LAC on 07 April 2014.
The LAC is a statutory tripartite body established in terms of the Labour Act of 2007 to advise the minister on a wide range of issues in the areas of labour and employment.
The responsibilities of the LAC include advising the minister on various matters which include employment creation; supporting the informal economy; addressing the extreme income inequality; and improving health and safety at the workplace.
The aim of the LAC is to promote greater awareness and adherence to the labour and employment laws by employers and employees.
The 13-member council is made up of officials from the private sector, trade unions and the public service sector.
They include Muheua (chairperson), Patty Olivier (Namibia Employers’ Federation (NEF), Tim Parkhouse (NEF), Victoria Konjore (NEF), Mahongora Kavihuhua (Tucna), Basilius Djakugha (Ministry of Justice), Johannes Ashipala (National Planning Commission (NPC), John Kwedhi (National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Nanna Pollman (NUNW), Loide Shaanika (NUNW), Andrew Kanime (NEF), Petrina Nakale (Ministry of Trade and Industry), Nokokure Kariko (Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare).