Teachers' strike rules to be finalised Thursday: Nantu

22 Sep 2016 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 SEP (NAMPA) - The envisioned strike by public school teachers could start within 48 hours of finalising the rules and regulations for the industrial action, Nantu President Simeon Kavila has said.
Senior Government leaders and Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) leaders were on Thursday drafting rules and regulations for the strike at the Office of the Labour Commissioner.
Speaking during a joint media briefing facilitated by Nantu and the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) here on Thursday, Kavila said they started drafting the rules on Monday.
“As soon as we are done we will inform our members, and start [with a strike] within 48 days as stipulated by the law.
“So if we finish we will just count the hours before we start. But we can still engage with Government before we start because that is what the law also states,” he added.
Over 95 per cent of teachers voted last week to strike against an offer of five per cent from Government. They want eight per cent.
NUNW Secretary-General Job Muniaro pleaded with President Hage Geingob to intervene and propose a meeting between all stakeholders to avoid industrial action which could have severe consequences for the domestic economy.
“I call upon on the Swapo party as custodians of Government to urgently intervene in this matter. We must come around the table and negotiate because we have made each other angry,” he said.
Muniaro warned that the frustrations on the part of teachers have the potential to stir conflict and threaten the security of the country.
Meanwhile, a Grade Four teacher at the People's Primary School (PPS) here Helvies Emvula fumed at proposed re-negotiations.
“I have been a teacher for more than 25 years and I only own a small house. I am a hungry teacher and I am also angry. We do not want any further negotiations,” said a clearly distraught Emvula.