Teachers should strike until demands are met: MUN

07 Oct 2016 18:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 OCT (NAMPA) – The General Secretary of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) on Friday pledged solidarity with the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) as it prepares for a national teachers’ strike.
Ebben Zarondo said MUN supported Nantu in its fight for increased pay for teachers, whilst speaking in Keetmanshoop at the 10th Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) Congress.
Teachers are planning to go on strike from Thursday next week if their call for an eight per cent pay hike is not met.
Zaronda said Nantu should ignore Government’s threat of “no work, no pay” and should remain on strike until their demand is met.
Government has offered a five per cent increment to teachers.
“We are told that current inflation comes close to seven per cent, but then they expect to give people five per cent. Striking is the only tool we have to force Government to meet our demands,” Zaronda said.
Meanwhile, at the same event, Employment Equity Commissioner Vilbard Usiku expressed his hope for an amicable solution to the pending strike.
Usiku, a former teacher who also served as Nantu president in the 1990s, said the timing of the strike was unfortunate as it is set to coincide with school examinations.
A total of 325 delegates from all regions in the country are attending the 10th Nafau Congress that will elect the new stewardship of the union for the next four years. The voting exercise will be conducted and overseen by the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW). Nafau is simultaneously celebrating its 30th year of existence. The congress ends on Sunday.