Teachers against two-week voting period

06 Sep 2016 19:00pm
OSHAKATI, 06 SEP (NAMPA) - Some teachers in the Oshana Region are against the two-week period to vote on a strike, saying it is too long.
Teachers under their bargaining union, the Namibia National Teachers' Union (Nantu), started voting Tuesday following failed negotiations between Government for a salary increment of eight per cent.
“We do not understand why this process has to be so long when the national voting itself only takes two days and it includes over one million people; why is that so?” one of the teachers said on Monday after Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa addressed teachers on the matter.
Government is willing to give a five per cent increase this year and seven per cent in 2017.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa warned Monday that the “no work no pay” policy will apply if they go on strike.
“This statement sounds like a threat instead of a negotiation and if you infuriate the already infuriated, we are bound to take action and actually go on this strike, so paraffin should not be poured on fire,” an angered teacher said.
The salaries of teachers on the grade eight salary range from N.dollars 192 947 to N.dollars 230 591, while salaries in grade nine range from N.dollars 157 715 to N. dollars 189 165 per year.
Principals’ salaries range from N.dollars 349 499 to N.dollars 417 683 per annum.