17 Feb 2015 16:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 17 FEB (NAMPA) Members of the Mineworkers' Union of Namibia (MUN) at the Langer Heinrich Uranium mine are calling for the removal of managing director Simon Solomons.
In a petition read to the media in front of the companys office in Swakopmund on Monday, employees accuse Solomons of total disregard for the union and bargaining unit, and as such they want him out.
About 60 permanent employees participated in the peaceful demonstration to hand over the petition.
The petition was addressed to Solomons, but he was not available to receive it and neither were other management members.
We will not let ourselves be discriminated against and exploited because of our employment status. This country was not liberated by academics. It is not a privilege but a right for Africans to work and make a living from their resources. We want investors who respect Namibians, and not treat us like slaves, reads the petition.
They also want human resources manager Hein Daiber removed from his position on allegations of victimising employees as well as disrespecting employees safety amongst others.
Foreigners do whatever they want here. They did not come here with uranium so they can go back where they came from. Government must intervene as the mine is operating in chaos, said MUNs regional organiser for Erongo, Kleophas Ngwena.
The workers also demand yearly bonuses, study assistance for everyone and a company contribution of 80 per cent towards their medical aid.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare was called upon to investigate the situation and find a solution.
Ngwena said the union gives Langer Heinrich seven days to respond, and failure to do so will see them raising the matter with the Office of the President.
Corporate Relations Manager at Langer Heinrich Uranium, Ratonda Murangi-Katjivikua said the company would receive the petition and look into the allegations soonest.
As for why nobody came to receive the petition, Murangi-Katjivikua said the company was informed about it at short notice on Monday.
She said the company proposed to the union to meet management at the mine on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issues.