Municipality’s contract workers unhappy with salaries

05 Sep 2013 04:00
KEETMANSHOOP, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – Three contract workers of the Keetmanshoop Municipality are reluctant to sign contracts of employment for the next three months, demanding clarification on alleged salary irregularities.
Adam Isaak from the Finance department as well as Otto Hinda and Sharon Oarum from the Tourism department are demanding to see Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hermanus Losper and the Management Committee for this matter before putting ink to paper.
Two well-placed sources in the municipality told Nampa on condition of anonymity on Wednesday that these employees accuse the town council of not paying them their full salaries.
“The problem is that they are getting paid half of what was agreed, for instance if they were supposed to get N.dollars 10, they will only receive N.dollars 5 because the salaries are sucked out of the thumb instead of having a proper, determined structure”, charged one source.
Another source noted that the three are part of about 20 contract workers employed by the town council.
However, other employees agreed to sign their contracts to continue working, despite the alleged irregularities.
“When they were given their contracts to sign on Tuesday, they asked to see the CEO first, but were apparently told that he will not see them, and they must take their contracts and vacate the municipal building with immediate effect,” another source stated.
The CEO is, nonetheless, planning to meet the employees this week to discuss the issue.
Another issue bugging the contract employees is that they want permanent employment so that they could access better benefits.
“Some people with lower qualifications than these three were permanently employed last year, and that is another problem,” the source alleged.
The source added that the three employees are for now in the office because they have already received approval letters that their contracts will be extended for the next three months, despite their unwillingness to sign the contracts.
Approached by this news agency on Wednesday, Isaak and Hinda neither confirmed nor denied the issue, while Oarum was unavailable for comment.
Losper could also not be reached for comment for two consecutive days.