Oshikoto teachers vote in favour of strike

17 Sep 2016 18:20pm
ONDANGWA, 17 SEP (NAMPA) – Nearly 2 000 teachers in the Oshikoto Region have voted in favour of striking to force government to agree to an 8 per cent salary increment.
This came to light during the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Oshikoto Education, Arts and Culture Directorate at Ondangwa on Friday.
Speaking to teachers, principals and senior education officials, chairperson of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) in the region, Tomas Niilonga said 2 103 teachers participated in the voting process in the region. Teachers had until Friday to vote.
“There were only three spoiled ballot papers, 112 teachers said no and 1 988 ticked yes,” Niilonga said.
He said regional results will be announced in Windhoek as from Monday.
“The way forward will be determined by the voting results from all regions,” he said.
A source within the education sector also informed Nampa on Friday that the majority of the teachers in the Oshana Region also voted in favour of a strike.
“A total of 1 722 teachers took part in the voting at 10 points in Oshana and 1 619 voted for the strike. Ninety-seven voted against the strike and only six spoiled ballots were counted,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
Teachers countrywide started voting on 06 September following failed negotiations between Nantu and the government for a salary increment of eight per cent.
Government has offered teachers an increase of five per cent this year and seven per cent next year.