01 May 2014 15:20pm
KATIMA MULILO, 01 MAY (NAMPA) The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) has threw its weight behind Prime Minister Dr. Hage Geingob as the unions presidential candidate for the presidential election slated for November this year.
Geingob, who is also the Swapo-Party vice-president, was introduced as the workers choice by NUNW acting president Connie Pandeni during the main commemoration of Workers Day held at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on Thursday.
The NUNW acting president called on workers to turn up in big numbers and give Geingob their overwhelming votes.
Pandeni assured the Prime Minister that he has the workers full support, stressing that Geingob is a worker who experienced the worst form of apartheid and is a founding member of the NUNW following the Swapo-Party consultative congress held in Tanzania in 1969.
She explained that Geingob took active part and wrote the first NUNW Constitution, and is today heading the office which takes care of public service at which the majority of workers are employees in the country.
Pandeni stated that this years May Day commemoration is unique as Namibia will go to the polls to elect a new president and a new government to lead the country for the next five years.
The ruling Swapo-Party will experience a leadership transition as the incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba is set to step down next year, and the acting NUNW president thus called on workers to prepare themselves and be ready to vote when election comes.
Workers Day has been observed for over 100 years globally, and it is an occasion meant to highlight the plight of the workers and show solidarity for their struggle against exploitation, poor living conditions and unfair labour practices.
This years commemoration of Workers Day was held under the theme Maintaining productivity and through social dialogue, a theme meant to emphasize the issue of productivity and dialogue among tripartite alliances being the government, trade unions and workers.
The commemoration was attended by several Cabinet Ministers and other senior government officials, Traditional Authority leaders, trade unionists and members of the general public.