Government cleaners, gardeners hold peaceful demonstration

25 Oct 2015 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 OCT (NAMPA) – A group of more than 30 public servants from the Ministry of Health and Social Services and other ministries held a peaceful demonstration here on Friday.
The group demanded a more favourable salary increment from Government.
The Secretary to Cabinet, George Simaata announced earlier this month that civil servants would get an increase of between three and six per cent backdated to 01 September this year.
Speaking to Nampa on behalf of the group on Friday at Parliament Gardens, Fransina Djuulume said the group represented all government employees with low salaries falling under the Grade 12, 13, 14 and 15 categories such as cleaners, gardeners and secretaries.
Djuulume said the group handed a letter over to the Secretary-General of the Namibian Public Workers Union (Napwu), Peter Nevonga on Tuesday informing him of the peaceful demonstration to Parliament to hand in their petition to the Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
Efforts to confirm the group's assertion with the Napwu Secretary-General proved unfruitful as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Djuulume told Nampa they are not happy with government and Napwu for agreeing to a six per cent salary increment, as such increment represents an increase of just N.dollars 20 on most of their salaries.
“We have come because we are not happy with government and Napwu for giving us six per cent. Six per cent on our salaries is just N.dollars 20. Even if they give us our backpay from April to September on the six per cent it will just be the same,” said Djuulume.
The group did not manage to hand over their petition to the PM, as she was not in office at the time.