CORRECTION: Construction workers' minimum wage finally gazetted

18 Jan 2016 13:10pm
Dear subscribers,
In our story titled ‘Construction workers' minimum wage finally gazetted’ published on 14 January 2016, we erroneously said the minimum wage had increased to N.dollars 14.70 from N.dollars 13.36. It has since come to our attention that the correct new minimum wage is N.dollars 14.59, which is an increase of 10 per cent from N.dollars 13.26 and not N.dollars 13.36 as we indicated earlier. (In second para)

Furthermore, we quoted the original signed agreement between the parties which stated that the first 10 per cent increase will come into effect in 2015 and the second in 2016. However, this agreement was overridden by the Government Gazette of 31 December 2015, which states that the implementation date of the agreement will be effective from the date of promulgation of the agreement – in this case 31 December 2015. This means that the first 10 per cent increase comes into effect on 01 January 2016 and the second increase in 2017. (seventh para)
We regret the error.
Below is the corrected story.

SWAKOPMUND, 14 JAN (NAMPA) - The new minimum wage for construction workers in Namibia was gazetted on 31 December last year, providing returning workers with a sigh of relief after the recent festive season.
Published in the Government Gazette No. 5917 of 31 December 2015 by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, the new minimum wage is N.dollars 14.59 per hour, which is 10 per cent more than the first minimum wage of N.dollars 13.26 introduced in 2013.
Workers can expect a 10 per cent increase this year, according to the agreement signed between the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers’ Union (Manwu), Construction Industries’ Federation (CIF) of Namibia and the Office of the Labour Commissioner.
The collective agreement was signed in June last year and construction workers can expect about N.dollars 2 200 at month end.
Speaking to Nampa upon enquiry Thursday, Secretary-General of Manwu, Justina Jonas-Emvula, who had been pressuring the ministry to gazette the agreement, said the union is happy that the agreement is finally gazetted.
“Now all employers in the construction industry are expected to pay according to the agreement. A few of them have already been paying accordingly but most of them were waiting for the official gazetting.”
It was agreed that the minimum wage for all employees in the bargaining unit be increased by 10 per cent in 2016 and 10 per cent in 2017.
The parties further agreed to adjust the service allowance from 144 hours to 150 hours, which means a worker will be paid equal to 150 hours of their wage. This will form part of their remuneration in December each year.
The allowance will be calculated pro-rata for each fully worked month that the employee was in service during that specific year.
Should an employee resign or their contract be terminated before the end of the year, a pro-rata payment will be due to them.
The labour ministry extended the agreement to all construction workers in the country, regardless of whether they are members of Manwu.
Jonas-Emvula stated that employers who did not pay their workers the new wage since June last year, will not be asked to give their workers back-pay.