05 Oct 2016 21:30pm
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WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob has said he will engage representatives of teachers who are planning to go on strike, in a last ditch effort to ease the stalemate between the teachers and Government.
Geingob - who made the remarks during a press conference here on Wednesday - said his meeting is not aimed negotiating with the teachers, but would rather focus on a dialogue aimed at solving the issue.
I will not negotiate. The time for negotiation is over. All I will do is to engage and dialogue with the leaders as I did with Affirmative Repositioning leaders, he said.
The government and Namibian National Teachers Union (Nantu) failed to reach an agreement for teachers salaries after the union refused to accept a five percent increment offered by Government.
Nantu wants an increment of eight percent instead, which led to a dispute and the declaration of a strike.
Negotiations on the strike rules this past week however failed and a conciliator had to determine the strike rules.
The teachers then decided to go on with the strike on 13 October 2016, after an overwhelming majority of its members voted in favour of the industrial action.
Geingob did not elaborate further on what his talk with union leaders will entail, nor did he say when he will meet the teachers representatives.
Last year, an agreement was signed by the Namibian government and leaders of the AR group which paved the way for servicing 200,000 plots countrywide and the subsequent suspension of the
A planned mass land grab which was supposed to take place on 31 July 2015 was averted at the last minute, after Geingob engaged the AR leaders and reached an agreement which offered a win-win solution to both parties without the need to resort to force.
During the press conference, Geingob also briefed the media at State House on his official mission to the United Nations General Assembly and related activities in the United States of America 12-28 September this year.