Nakara workers get 9 per cent wage increase

14 Jul 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - Employees of leather-manufacturing company Nakara returned to work on Thursday after their representative Metal and Allied Namibian Workers’ Union (Manwu) and the company’s management agreed on salary increments.
The negotiations took place at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW)’s offices in the capital, where the agreement was also signed on that day last week.
Nakara’s 120 staff members - all Manwu members - downed tools at the tannery in Windhoek two weeks ago, demanding a 10 per cent increase on top of the N.dollars 5 000 they each currently earn per month.
The union and the company’s management, however, agreed that all permanent employees in the bargaining unit would receive a wage increase of nine per cent.
Employees who have less than one year of service at the company will receive a pro rata increase of 4.5 per cent.
The increases are backdated to 01 March 2014.
On the employees’ further demand for a transport allowance of N.dollars 170 each, the Deputy Director in the Labour Ministry, Felix Musubukili, who facilitated the negotiations and signing agreement, told Nampa on Monday that transport allowances will only be negotiated on next year.
The parties furthermore agreed that wage negotiations for the 2015/16 financial year will commence during February 2015, subject to motivated wage proposals by the union.