No weapons allowed during teachers' strike

12 Oct 2016 21:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – Teachers have been warned not to carry weapons or engage in the upcoming strike while under the influence of alcohol.
The Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) on Wednesday won in a High Court-Labour Court ruling that dismissed Government’s urgent application to have the judicature issue an interdict and stop the national strike, planned commence on Thursday.
Secretary-General (SG) of Nantu, Basilius Haingura told the media after the court ruling that anybody found defying the safety order will be dealt with accordingly.
“We do not want teachers to carry sticks, pangas, knives or any weapon; it is not allowed. Anybody caught with weapons or under the influence; the law will take its course.”
Also speaking to the media after the court ruling in favour of teachers, Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) Secretary for Information, Vincent Shimutwikeni said it was a waste of time for Government to apply for a court interdict.
He said the time could instead have been used to work on ways of solving the problem in the interest of learners.
“We hope that after this judgement, Government will see the seriousness of this matter and the seriousness of the teachers. As much as we know that this may negatively affect the learners, we ask Government to come to the table with Nantu and meet each other half way, and save the Namibian children.”
Government and Nantu have disagreed on a salary increase for teachers, with the union demanding eight per cent and the authority insisting on five.
Basilius asked the media and public to only contact him on Thursday regarding the strike’s logistics and how many teachers are expected to participate.