TransNamib unhappy with Natau

19 Jan 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – TransNamib has expressed unhappiness with the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Natau) for saying it had not been informed of the company's retrenchment process from the initial stage.
In a statement issued to Nampa on Friday, TransNamib's Chief Corporate Communications Officer Ailly Hangula-Paulino said the TransNamib management and Natau shop-stewards had convened a consultative meeting on 18 December, when the company's rightsizing process as part of the parastatal's turnaround plan was explained to all parties.
“We were shocked to learn through the media that Natau called for the intervention of President Hifikepunye Pohamba by stopping the rightsizing process of TransNamib, which was a consultative process between TransNamib and Natau right from the onset,” she said.
Hangula-Paulino explained that the parastatal had rolled out extensive stakeholder engagement initiatives informing all relevant partners about the detail and dynamics of the rightsizing exercise.
She said that early December 2014, TransNamib received an unsolicited proposal from Zealot, Natau's business arm, on possible strategies to mitigate the rightsizing strategy of TransNamib.
Hangula-Paulino explained that the TransNamib management regarded this innovation by Natau in a positive light and in good faith resolving to support the initiative as proposed by Zealot.
She said TransNamib had issued the notification of retrenchment to the Labour Commissioner on 16 December 2014 and other critical stakeholders.
TransNamib will retrench 43 per cent of its workforce (963 employees) by 31 March this year to ease pressure on the railway parastatal’s strained finances and improve its productivity and efficiency.
After the retrenchment exercise, the company is expected to remain with only 732 employees.