NAFAWU and ASSO commenced negotiations

25 Sep 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibia Fuel And Allied WorkersÂ’ Union (NAFAWU) and the Association of Service Station Owners (ASSO) resumed wage negotiations for petrol attendants on Monday this week.
The negotiations for minimum wages are facilitated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.
NAFAWU Secretary-General David Frans said here on Wednesday that both parties were advised to seek new offers and resume the negotiations this Friday.
The union demanded an increase of 20 per cent, an offer which was refused by ASSO who just wanted to give an increase of five per cent. This led to the negotiations to be postponed so that both parties can find new offers and meet each other half way.
The negotiations follow a nation-wide strike by petrol attendants on 21 to 24 July this year.
Many petrol attendants were fired by their employers after the strike, because it was allegedly illegal.
Frans said the strike forced ASSO to come to the negotiating table.
Their efforts are highly recognised, and the union maintains its claim that the strike was legal. It subsequently declared a dispute with the Office of the Labour Commissioner for conciliation and arbitration against individual service station owners who dismissed workers.
Frans also expressed concern that some ASSO members and individual service station owners have blacklisted dismissed employees who participated in the strike not to get jobs anywhere.
This, he said, is illegal and therefore denounced the act as it contradicts the provisions of the Labour Act 11 of 2007.
He then called on the members of NAFAWU to be patient and continue to support the solidarity in the union.