Strike at Husab mine

25 Nov 2015 13:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 25 NOV (NAMPA) - Construction work came to a standstill at Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine when construction workers from the various contracting companies Wednesday downed tools, demanding that no foreign nationals be employed at the mine.
Construction workers from Group Five Company also stopped work in June this year, demanding that no foreigners be employed to do the jobs they are also qualified to do.
Last week, the Group Five workers again downed tools and mobilised other workers to join them, which they have achieved as more construction workers from other companies joined the strike on Wednesday morning.
Other issues include retrenchments and the removal of three construction managers being a South African, Namibian and Ghanaian for allegedly failing to hear their pleas.
General-Secretary of the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu), Justina Jonas-Emvula, who represents most the workers at the mine, confirmed the strike to Nampa on Wednesday.
“It will get worse by Thursday as more workers are joining the strike,” she said.
Swakop Uranium’s Vice-president for Human Resources and Business Support, Percy McCallum also confirmed the strike to Nampa on Wednesday.