January 19, 2015, 12:31pm
TransNamib sets the record straight
TransNamib Holdings Limited wishes to draw the attention of the public regarding the recent in-factual media reports about the Turn-Around-Plan of the business and the inaccurate reflection by NATAU that they were not consulted and that the Head of State intervenes in this delicate matter.
TransNamib wishes to put the following facts to the public as the events of the entire TurnAround Plan commenced:
1: The Right Sizing Process is one of the fundamental tenets of TransNamib’s Turn-AroundPlan as we have communicated to the public at a Media Conference held on the 25th September 2014 at Windhoek Country Club. Amongst the key stakeholders invited to the Media Conference were the TransNamib employees who are members of NATAU as well as the NATAU National Political office-bearers. At this Media Conference and subsequent media release, we have explained in great detail the process-flow, roll-out and how the Non Core Business Units at TransNamib would be affected. We have resolved to call this exercise the Right-Sizing Exercise.
2: Since the announcement, TransNamib rolled out an extensive stakeholder engagement initiative informing all relevant partners about the detail and dynamics of the Right Sizing Exercise.
3: On the 2nd December 2014, TransNamib received an unsolicited proposal from Zealot, NATAU’s business arm, on possible strategies to mitigate against the Right Sizing strategy of TransNamib. The TransNamib Management regarded this innovation by NATAU in a positive light and in good faith resolving to support the initiatives as proposed by Zealot.
4: On the 16th of December 2014, TransNamib issued the Notification of Retrenchments to the Labour Commissioner, and other critical stakeholders like the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, NATAU Senior Shop-Steward, David Tjombe, the Hon. Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Hon. Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Works and Transport, Labour and Social Welfare and State Owned Enterprises Governance Council and the TransNamib Board of Directors. See attached copy for ease of reference.
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5: Management built on the good faith between TransNamib and NATAU and subsequently invited the NATAU Shop-stewards to a Consultative Meeting held on the 18th December 2014 to discuss the way forward for the Turn-Around-Plan. At this Meeting, details of the Right Sizing process were shared and explained to all parties. The parties subsequently resolved to engage frequently on a weekly basis effective from the 8th January 2015.
6: TransNamib honoured the resolution of the 18th December that all parties need to meet weekly from the 8th and 9th January 2015. This meeting [8th January 2015] began to engage in more detail about the Right Sizing programme. This meeting was attended by the TransNamib Management, all Regional Senior Shop-Stewards and the Deputy General Secretary of NATAU. See attendance register for ease of reference.
7: The meeting of the following week, 15th January 2015, was attended by the highest authority of NATAU, Messrs John Kwedhi and Likius Vilho, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary, respectively. It was at this stage that the General Secretary claimed that his office was not officially notified through the correspondence about the retrenchment negotiations letter addressed to the Labour Commissioner on the 15th December 2015 as it was not addressed to him.
8: The General Secretary demanded that the oversight be corrected and the TransNamib CEO immediately responded in the affirmative. See letter dated 15th January 2015 for ease of reference. Upon receipt of the letter by the TransNamib Acting CEO, the General Secretary then requested for a postponement of further deliberations between TransNamib and NATAU to enable him to consult the Executive of NATAU.
9: To further illustrate our commitment to the Recognition Agreement between us and NATAU; and demonstrating our good faith to our deliberations, TransNamib and NATAU issued a Joint Statement informing all employees about the Right Sizing process. See letter dated, 12th January 2015 for ease of reference.
10: TransNamib was then shocked to learn through the media about the Press Conference held by NATAU on the 15th January 2015 purporting that they had not been informed and can therefore not support the envisaged Right Sizing process of TransNamib. We were further shocked to learn through the media that NATAU called for the intervention of His Excellency, the President to intervene by stopping the Right Sizing process of TransNamib which was a consultative process between TransNamib and NATAU, right from the onset.
11: TransNamib regards the Right Sizing process in a very serious light, hence our transparent and open dialogue with our important stakeholders, our shareholder and our social partner NATAU. To afford this process to run its due course at this delicate stage of the process, we can only appeal to the leadership of NATAU to return to the negotiating table as agreed at the meeting of the 15th January 2015, instead of addressing issues through the media.
ISSUED BY THE CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENTS