NWRWU and Meatco to meet Labour Commissioner next week

13 Aug 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) - The Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers’ Union (NWRWU) and Meatco will meet with the Labour Commissioner early next week to discuss the future of some of the company’s workers whose contracts end this month.
NWRU Secretary-General Victor Hamunyela told Nampa on Tuesday that Labour Commissioner Bro-Mathew Shinguadja confirmed the meeting, which is slated for next Tuesday or Wednesday.
“The parties, Meatco and the union, will meet with the Labour Commissioner to discuss the way forward,” he said.
About a week ago, the union brushed off a Meatco announcement that it was forced to realign its operations at abattoirs by ending the contracts of seasonal and/or temporary employees this month.
Meatco’s Chief Executive Officer, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro said earlier the usual off-season period, which commences at the end of September this year, would not see the delivery of enough cattle to sustain the operations at Meatco’s Windhoek and Okahandja facilities this year.
However, Hamunyela alleged that the company's reasons were “floppy and not genuine”.
The union is not convinced there is a valid reason to dismiss the employees, and referred the case to the Office of the Labour Commissioner on an urgent basis.
Hamunyela claimed that the financial status of the company was not in such a bad state to re-align its operations.
According to Meatco’s 2012/2013 financial report made available during its annual general meeting in June this year, the revenue for the group increased to N.dollars 1.382 million compared to N.dollars 1.381 million in 2012. The net profit for the year - after interest and tax - dropped to N.dollars 600 000 from N.dollars 5,7 million during 2012.
According to Hamunyela, no retrenchments had taken place during the height of the global recession when Meatco had lost millions of dollars.
The union also claimed that the seasonal workers had never received contracts for this year. It also accused the corporation for not providing temporary workers with new contracts this year.
Hamunyela stated that the union is not convinced there is a valid reason for Meatco to dismiss the employees.