Otjiwarongo TransNamib workers want Haimbili back

25 Jun 2015 17:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – More than 50 TransNamib workers at Otjiwarongo on Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration and handed over a petition to the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge.
The demonstration started at TransNamib offices here, and proceeded through Dr Libertina Amathila Street and Dr Hage Geingob Street to the governor’s office during lunch hour.
The workers who participated are from the railway maintenance, road transport, train operations, engineering and terminal departments.
The aggrieved TransNamib workers asked Ipinge to also forward their petition to the Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb.
In their petition, the workers said TransNamib management does not have a business mind relevant to the operations of the company.
“We the employees of TransNamib are even getting bored. We need managers with creative and energetic minds to lead us,” said the workers.
They urged !Naruseb to bring back the former TransNamib Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Titus Haimbili and former Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Dr Pieter Oosthuizen, saying they had a promising vision for the company.
The workers called on the minister who appoints the Board of Directors of the company, to not appoint people on political bases and rather appoint business-minded managers and competent board members.
TransNamib workers at Otjiwarongo accused the company managers of being selfish, apparently only driving around in expensive and luxurious vehicles, yet the locomotives are defective, employees suffer injuries on duty and die of hunger.
“We need essential equipment, safety gear, uniforms and paid danger allowances on duty. We need managers who will give us the benefits we deserve,” the employees said in their petition.
They also suggested the dismissal of suspended TransNamib CEO, Sara Naanda and the reinstatement of Haimbili who apparently understands the operations of the company.
The workers also asked the minister to intervene in their internal disputes between them and the management on a trade union to represent them during bargaining agreements.
The workers stated in their petition that they want the Namibia National Labour Organisation (Nanlo) to be their recognised trade union representative.
They also accused the company’s Executive for Human Capital, Webster Gonzo of being the one blocking the signing of the final agreement between TransNamib and Nanlo.
On his part, Ipinge told them he will forward their petition to the line minister and that if there is communication back to his office, the workers will be also informed.