NUNW concerned about safety of construction workers

21 Jan 2015 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) is unhappy with the mass housing project and construction industry in general due for a lack of health and safety and poor workmanship.
The acting NUNW president Connie Pandeni said the industry has become a death trap for workers, instead of providing secure and safe employment.
“Innocent workers’ lives continue to be lost,” she said during a media conference on Wednesday to highlight some national issues concerning workers in the country.
She said that the issue of health and safety does not exist in the industry, and many people continue to lose their lives and sustain injuries at construction projects.
Pandeni was reacting to the death of a worker on Monday at Rundu. Three others were injured when a building under construction collapsed and fell onto a shack in which they were sleeping at about 22h00.
“We call upon the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to launch an urgent and thorough investigation into this incident and bring the culprits to book,” she said.
She added that investigations on health and safety should be conducted at all mass housing projects and all other construction companies.
Pandeni said the NUNW and the Metal and Allied Namibian Worker's Union (MANWU) will go on mission to identify all building and roads construction companies that are violating workers’ rights and failing to implement the industry minimum wage.
“This year we will deal with them in our own way,” she warned.
Pandeni also urged employers who mistreat farmworkers, securities, fuel attendants, cleaners and domestic workers to stop such behaviour.
“We are urging our affiliates in such sectors to intensify service delivery and come to the rescue of these vulnerable employees,” she said, while encouraging them to form joint working teams to address the plight of workers.