Lewis employees want 20 per cent salary rise

14 Jul 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - Employees of Lewis furniture stores countrywide are threating to strike unless they receive a 20 per cent salary increment as well as transport allowances and housing benefits among other demands from the company.
A petition read by Banhoff Branch Sales Advisor David Karompona here on Monday before it was handed over to management said workers further want the company to improve their working conditions and 'affordable' medical aid.
The petition was handed over at all Lewis stores countrywide on Monday.
The workers gave the company’s management 14 days to attend to their demands, and failure to do so will result in them downing tools.
“Considering the work we are doing for this company and weighing the return we receive from our employer, we demand that they attend to our problems as a matter of urgency,” read the petition.
Furthermore, the employees demanded to be paid overtime on public holidays, while also requiring pension certificates showing how the pensions are growing.
“The company must stop its exercise of only registering an employee on pension (fund) after two years of service. This is daylight robbery and it must be stopped,” read the petition.
The workers also want their management to meet with their union, the Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers’ Union (NWRWU), no later than 30 July 2014 to resolve their demands.
Banhoff Branch Assistant Manager, Keanu Beukes refused to comment on the petition, saying he is not going to say anything at this stage.