NAFAWU threatens strike

09 May 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) - The Namibia Fuel and Allied Workers’ Union (NAFAWU) is threatening to call a nationwide strike if a minimum wage of N.dollars 4 500 is not implemented by service station owners by the end of this month.
According to the union, some service station employees are only paid N.dollars 250 per month, while some receive N.dollars 1,80 per hour every Friday.
The call for the strike was made public by NAFAWU Secretary-General David Frans at a media conference held in the capital on Thursday morning.
The union and its members decided to call a national strike after service station owners allegedly refused to engage in negotiations on salary adjustments and a minimum wage.
“These rich, foreign companies operate 24 hours, shipping our money out of the country to enrich their countries at the expense of our people.
This cannot be tolerated anymore, we are sick and tired of foreign companies which think they are operating on an island, where they cannot be called to order,” he charged.
The NAFAWU Secretary-General also repeated a previous claim that several union members have allegedly died as a result of the constant exposure to hazardous fumes while manning the fuel pumps.
“This is due to the failure of employers to provide protective clothing and timeous medical check-ups,” said Frans.
The union’s president, Veino Kapenda, added that there are no proper facilities for service station staff.
“They are using toilets as kitchens, and three women had miscarriages, presumably because of the gas and long hours of standing just for N.dollars 250,” he stressed.