NUNW to seek assistance from ILO
06 Oct 2016 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 06 OCT (NAMPA) - The National Union of Namibia Workers (NUNW) will seek assistance from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) if Government replaces striking teachers with volunteers.
NUNW Secretary-General (SG) Job Muniaro told members of the media in the capital Thursday the law is clear on this matter, and therefore it would be illegal for Government to replace teachers on strike in any way.
The Labour Act 2007 (Act 11 of 2007) for instance under Chapter Seven Section 76 (3a-b) clearly states that an employer must not hire any individual for the purpose in whole or part of performing the work of a striking or locked-out employee.
Public school teachers will embark on a nationwide strike on 13 October 2016. They decided to down tools after Government failed to give them the desired eight per cent salary increase. Government offered five per cent.
The union leader made it clear that teachers through their trade union, the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu), have followed procedures required to strike in terms of the labour laws of the country, which gave them legal rights to strike and this should not be ignored.
Muniaro, therefore, called on Government not to try and look for volunteers to do the work of teachers who are on a legal strike, but rather abide by the law.
Nantu on 30 September 2016 gave Government a seven-day notice of the strike.
A media statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) earlier this month said Government expressed concern that the notice period of seven working days before the strike commences is not sufficient to make arrangements for volunteers to attend to the work of the striking teachers.
The statement said teachers are deployed all over the country and the government has to ensure that 707 878 learners continue learning and writing their examinations in a conducive environment, describing it as a huge logistics endeavour.