02 Oct 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) An agreement for a minimum wage of N.dollars 7.20 per hour for workers in the Namibian fuel retail industry was signed in the capital on Thursday.
The agreement was entered into by the Association of Service Station Owners (ASSO); the Namibia Fuel and Allied Workers Union (NAFAWU); the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU); the Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers Union (NWRWU); the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN); and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU).
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfares Labour Commissioner, Bro-Mathews Shinguadja oversaw the agreement on behalf of the ministry, and said the aforementioned parties are all part and parcel of the fuel retail industry, and therefore could not be excluded.
This agreement follows a nationwide strike by petrol attendants from 21 to 24 July this year.
ASSO chairperson Rupert Harmse noted that the minimum wage would be used to determine basic salaries, overtime and shift allowances of the fuel attendants and fuel cashiers.
The rest of the benefits (transport allowances, housing allowances, etc.) are negotiable by the various unions which represent members at numerous fuel stations once they have got a recognition agreement with such a fuel station owner, he explained.
NAFAWUs Secretary-General David Frans stressed the plight of some fuel retail industry workers who were fired during the four-day strike.
What is disturbing is the fact that there are jobless men and women, who sacrificed their jobs during the strike.
We want the employers to look at those workers who were dismissed for the action they took, he pleaded.
The minimum wage for fuel attendants and fuel cashiers - after being gazetted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare - will be effective from 01 January 2015, and will be mandated for two years.
However, this minimum wage does not apply to people employed by franchise outlets operating within a fuel service stations premises.