TransNamib employees demonstrate peacefully

10 Mar 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) – Over 100 TransNamib employees on Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration to express their unhappiness about slow salary negotiations with management started last year.
The group walked from the TransNamib Train Station carrying placards to the TransNamib Head Office, where they handed over the petition to the company's Executive for Human Capital, Webster Gonzo.
Some placards read “Down corruption in TransNamib, stop giving tenders outside, stop selling off TransNamib properties”, “We need better salaries” and “We are angry because we are hungry”.
The Namibia Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (NTAU) General Secretary John Kwedhi read the petition on behalf of the group, demanding the urgent conclusion of wage negotiations that started in June 2015.
Kwedhi said the company issued a memorandum on 18 September 2015, requesting for a month to conduct the wage negotiations. However, no communication between the employees and company has occurred since then.
“Wage negotiations are delayed deliberately for reasons only known by the management,” he said.
Kwedhi said the group will no longer wait quietly and will continue with the demonstration until wage negotiations are concluded.
Failure in this regard, he said, will see employees withdraw their labour after exhausting all necessary avenues as laid down in the country's labour law.
TransNamib employees are demanding a salary increment of 25 per cent for employees in category A; 18 per cent for Category B; 13 per cent for Category C; and a medical aid payment structure of 40 per cent from employees and 60 per cent from their employer.
The union wants the increment to be given to employees with back payment from June 2015 when negotiations started.
On behalf of the group, Kwedhi called on management and the board of directors to conclude negotiations at a faster pace.
Receiving the petition, Gonzo applauded the group for expressing their views in a peaceful manner and promised to take it to the relevant authority.
“We will study the document and call the leadership of the union as soon as possible,” he said.