22 Feb 2016 18:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 22 FEB (NAMPA) Workers at the Rosh Pinah zinc mine will Wednesday down tools and embark on a strike after negotiations on a wage increase reached a deadlock.
The workers, through the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), demanded a 12,5 per cent increase across the board.
The union rejected the five per cent increment offered by the Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation.
Company spokesperson, Kondja Kaulinge on Monday told Nampa that a five per cent pay rise was the best offer the company could make.
The company has offered a significant pay increase of five per cent against the backdrop of a challenging economic environment, he said.
MUN Regional Organiser Elvis Bekele on Monday gave the mining company notice of the strike.
The workers will stop work at 16h00 on Wednesday.
Workers of the MUN bargaining unit embarked on a ballot last week to decide in favour or against a strike.
Bekele said out of 290 votes cast by members of the bargaining unit, only 10 voted against a strike.
Some of the workers of the 363-member MUN unit were off duty during the voting process.
The zinc mine employs 462 people in total.
Recently, the union also accused the company of racism and discrimination towards black workers, particularly in management.
Kaulinge said the company was investigating the claims and would respond formally at the end of this month.
Our people are our greatest asset. We take the allegations very seriously as we aim to provide attractive career paths and safe and healthy workplaces free of harassment and discrimination, he said.