Government ready for teachers five per cent increment: Simataa

28 Jul 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) - Government stands ready to implement a five per cent salary increment for teachers, should the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) agree to its proposal, said Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa.
This comes after intense negotiations between Nantu and Government reached a deadlock, with Nantu declining the five per cent proposal and instead demanding an eight per cent increment.
In a media statement availed on Thursday, Simataa noted that Government remains committed to the plight of the teachers but various issues such as the prevalent drought, unemployment and critical water shortage is more of a priority.
“It must be made clear that Government is ready to effect a five per cent increment to include Nantu members anytime, as soon as Nantu agree to the five per cent as proposed by Government.”
The negotiation has been at loggerhead since the beginning of October 2015, with Nantu claiming that it has been intimidated and its members being taken for granted by Government.
Simataa refuted such claims as unfounded.
“There has been incorrect information disseminated through electronic media by Nantu, which is part of the recognised bargaining union on behalf of the teachers,” he said.
During a media briefing media here on Tuesday, Nantu Secretary General (SG) Basilius Haingura threatened unspecified action, should Government fail to adhere to their demands of an eight per cent increment.
Haingura claimed that Government is deliberately prolonging the process and by so doing, “taking the education sector for granted”.
A meeting between the two parties as well as the Office of the Labour Commissioner is slated for 10 August, 2016.