Nghimtina calls for patriotic employers

16 Apr 2015 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 APR (NAMPA) – Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina says Namibia needs patriotic employers who are prepared to work with renewed commitment to contribute to the achievement of Namibia's Vision 2030.
Erkki Nghimtina said this in the speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Alpheus Muheua during the opening of the Namibian Employers' Federation (NEF)'s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the capital on Wednesday.
“Our fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development's Growth at Home Strategy and Namibia's Employment Policy, provide both guidance and important opportunities for the business community to play its role in growing our economy and in creating sustainable employment,” he said.
Nghimtina said, although the path Namibia has chosen to national development may not always enable employers to make quick money, it is clear that the objective of a decent standard of living for all Namibians requires a mutually beneficial partnership between the government, private sector, the workers and their representatives.
The minister said adherence to the provisions of the Labour Act and other relevant legislation is a prerequisite for addressing many challenges in the labour market.
He appealed to NEF constituents to take a more direct interest in the dispute resolution processes under the Labour Commissioner and in accordance with the Labour Act 2007, rather than relying primarily on lawyers and labour consultants.
“Our experience has shown that the injection of lawyers and consultants into these disputes lodged with the Labour Commissioner often prolongs the resolution of disputes and results in large and unnecessary expenditure of your members,” Nghimtina added.
He said the government through his ministry has managed to establish a set of guidelines and terms and conditions for the employment of domestic workers, which is expected to prevent many of the unnecessary disputes.
The minimum wage of N.dollars 1 218 per month or N.dollars 56.21 per day for domestic workers is contained in a Wage Order Report, gazetted on 24 December last year, that also sets out the minimum conditions of employment for domestic workers in Namibia.
“I encourage you to help us to spread the word to your members and beyond about the importance of Namibian domestic workers to our families and our economy, and about the requirements of the Wage Order,” he said.
The Wage Order for domestic workers came into effect on 01 April 2015.