Workers should maintain peace: Basson

08 Oct 2016 09:20am
KEETMANSHOOP, 08 OCT (NAMPA) – //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson has appealed to workers in the country to uphold peace and refrain from destructive behaviour when embarking on strikes for improved working conditions.
Opening the 10th Namibia Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Nafau) Congress in Keetmanshoop on Friday, Basson said workers should feel free to demand but not to destroy.
She cited the example of striking South African students breaking down university infrastructure in their quest for free tertiary education.
“There is no point in destroying infrastructure that we need to use for our own benefit,” Basson said.
She called on workers to maintain peace and unity at all times in spite of economic challenges Namibia is facing.
“We are in difficult times. We face increasing labour unrests and general economic turmoil and as a nation, we are pausing to take a look at ourselves and to recharge our energy for greater challenges that lie ahead.”
She said Government and workers have the same common destiny to represent the workers of the country.
“It is the diligence and dedication of workers that have transformed our economy from a colonial one to a free participatory economy to help us reach our developmental goals,” Basson said.
She urged the Nafau Congress to elect the right leaders who will properly represent the needs of workers affiliated to the organisation.
“Remember that a divided trade union spends valuable time in internal wrangles that only sap its strength at the expense of its membership.”
She also asked the congress to maintain the 50/50 gender rule in the elections this weekend.
The 10th Nafau Congress is made up of 325 delegates from all over the country who will elect new stewardship of the union for the next four years.
The election 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 Sunday.