Stop transporting workers in open trucks: Jonas-Emvula

22 Jan 2016 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JAN (NAMPA) - The leadership of the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) has slammed the ongoing illegal practice of workers being transported on the back of open trucks and light delivery vehicles.
The General-Secretary of MANWU Justina Jonas-Emvula said this here on Friday following reports of accidents involving truck across the country over the past few months.
She called upon all employers to refrain from transporting employees in this manner and to adhere to the rules in respect of safe transport of workers to and from workplaces.
“Employers are once again urged to stop carrying their employees on the backs of open trucks. The practice is degrading, inhumane and a road safety threat, and therefore should not be allowed to continue in an independent Namibia,” Jonas-Emvula cautioned.
The trade union leader said that crashes involving trucks are by nature catastrophic due to the dynamics at play and lashed out at some employers, saying the attitude and actions of transporting workers on the backs of open trucks and other inappropriate vehicles is unacceptable and should come to an end.
She went on to say trucks were designed to carry materials such as building sand and stones, and not to transport people.
“The practice of transporting workers on the backs of open trucks still continues in this country although it has led to deaths over the past few months. This practice is no longer allowed in the country. Manwu is thus calling for the very strict enforcement of the rules,” she said.
Meanwhile, the trade union leader welcomed recent statements made by the City Police that the provisions for the transport of workers to and from workplaces will be strictly enforced during the course of this year, especially amongst construction and security companies.
“As scheduled in our strategic plan, we will submit a list of all companies transporting workers on the backs of open trucks to the authorities. We have already compiled the list.
“We call on all other towns and on the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in general to follow the example of the City Police,” said Jonas-Emvula.