ASSO delaying wage negotiations: NAFAWU

11 Sep 2013 11:10
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibia Fuel and Allied Workers Union (NAFAWU) is accusing the Association of Service Stations Owners of Namibia (ASSO) of delaying negotiations for a minimum wage for service station employees.
NAFAWU has proposed a minimum wage of N.dollars 4 500 per month for the employees.
NAFAWU Secretary-General Frans David said at a media conference here on Wednesday members of the union will hand over a petition to ASSO during the association’s annual conference set to take place at Midgard Country Estate on 17 and 18 September this year.
According to David, the union has written to ASSO on several occasions, seeking its intervention to engage the association as a registered employers’ organisation, but to date the association has refused to give in to its requests.
ASSO allegedly inserted a clause in its Constitution which prevents the association from dealing with labour matters on behalf of employees.
David accused the association of not having the interests of workers at heart.
“NAFAWU views ASSO’s continued silence as a deliberate act to continue to evade their obligation at the expense of our members. We have instructions to fight tooth and nail until they succumb to the negotiation table,” he stressed.
David indicated that if ASSO continues to defer from representation of its members as dictated by the Labour Act because of a clause in its Constitution, it would have a negative impact on the proposed wage negotiation process as the union will be “unrealistically” compelled to enter into negotiations with individual service station owners.
“They have been hiding away for quite long now. We do not want to miss this opportunity and will hand over the petition next Tuesday,” he added.
NAFAWU has 800 members country-wide.
ASSO Chairperson Rupert Harmse refused to comment when approached on Wednesday, but said it is the prerogative of service station owners to look after its workers. Workers are also free to join any union which has their interests at heart, he said.