ALERT: Aminuis road construction workers down tools

26 Apr 2016 11:10am
AMINUIS, 26 APR (NAMPA) - Road works on the Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos road came to a halt on Tuesday morning, after close to 100 construction employees downed tools.
Employees and management were locked up in tense negotiations for the better part of the morning, as workers protests a set of employment conditions introduced by management.
The road is being constructed by the Roads Construction Company (RCC), in a joint venture with a South African company.
The employees, who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity, said about 28 employees at the company were handed letters stating that their services were no longer required as they apparently do not have the necessary driver's licences to operate the company trucks.
The workers allege that they were informed that they would need to go as the driver's licences they have been using to operate the trucks were not fit for such activity.
Management who were on site refused to speak to Nampa, stating that they were still negotiating with the aggrieved workers.
Work on the project started in May 2014, but was delayed for a period of close to four months during the same year due to logistical challenges.