22 Sep 2014 10:10am
WALVIS BAY, 22 SEP (NAMPA) - A possible strike by the employees of the Protea Hotel Pelican Bay in Walvis Bay has been averted after an agreement was signed to increase their salaries.
The agreement will see the 25 Pelican Bay employees affiliated to the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) receiving an increase of nine per cent on their basic salaries, and six per cent on their transport allowances.
It is effective from the end of this month.
Nafau branch organiser for Walvis Bay, Hafeni Victory told Nampa last Friday that the strike was called off after the union and the hotel management signed the agreement on Thursday.
We will no longer take the route of striking, like our colleagues in Lüderitz. We were planning to strike if there was no agreement after the conciliation, the unionist stated.
He indicated that the employees and the union had already referred the matter to the office of the Labour Commissioner for conciliation as the hotels management had refused to agree to the initial 25 per cent increase on salaries and transport they had asked for.
Victory said the union has been dealing with the matter since July this year, but the agreement to give workers a 15 per cent increase was only reached last week.
The dispute has since been withdrawn from the office of the Labour Commissioner, and the conciliation which was supposed to take place on Friday was cancelled.
It is not what the workers asked for, but 15 per cent is reasonable. So, we agreed to take it, Victory added.
Meanwhile, 10 hotel employees of the Protea Hotel Sea-View Zum Sperrgebiet in Lüderitz, also affiliated to Nafau, went on strike last Wednesday.
They are asking for a total increase of N.dollars 550 - an increase of N.dollars 200 on their basic salary as well as increases on the housing allowance of N.dollars 150, medical allowance of N.dollars 100; and transport allowance of N.dollars 100.
The company was, however, only willing to grant them an increase of N.dollars 110 on their transport allowances.