TUN urges Nantu to remain steadfast

02 Sep 2016 07:10am
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) – The Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) has expressed disappointment in what it termed delaying tactics between the government and the Namibian National Teachers Union (Nantu) in meeting the demands of teachers for higher salaries.
This is after Nantu changed the dates on which teachers were expected to vote on whether to strike or not, from 31 August to 06 September 2016.
TUN issued a statement on Thursday in which it said it hopes this is not a delaying tactic “aimed at depriving the teachers of their benefit.”
“Delaying voting will only serve to infuriate and radicalise the teachers who are subjected to degrading working conditions and demoralising salaries.”
The statement said “this time around, teachers are united around a common objective of better benefits in line with their work, qualification and experience” and therefore called on Nantu as the bargaining unit to remain steadfast in their resolve.
The statement further called on teachers to “go out in their thousands and cast their votes for a contemplated action that will culminate in the betterment of their shared circumstances.”
Nantu secretary-general Basilius Haingura this week said they were forced to postpone the voting due to technical difficulties.
Haingura said the unavailability of government observers for the voting process was one of the reasons for the postponement.
Teachers will vote on whether to settle for the 5 per cent increase offered by government or insist on an 8 per cent increase by striking.