TUN happy with High Court order

02 Oct 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT(NAMPA) - The leadership of the Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) has expressed satisfaction with the High Court’s interim order on Wednesday, stopping the Education Ministry from issuing final written warnings and deducting monies from teachers who took part in an illegal strike during October and November last year.
“As law-abiding citizens believing firmly in the Rule of Law it has long been our considered opinion that if government, at any stage, believing that they had a reason to issue and or to make deductions from the remuneration of teachers, had to comply with the statutory provision and adhere to the principal of natural justice,” said TUN president Mahongora Kavihuha during a media conference here on Wednesday afternoon.
He said the triumph in court exonerates the TUN and reaffirms the Rule of Law in Namibia, and all the members of TUN are winners including the government.
“At this juncture, the TUN wishes to assure its members and indeed all public servants that it will continue to support the just cause of teachers, and will walk with them every mile of the way,” said Kavihuha.
He added that TUN does not need to remind its members that the sweeping salary adjustments which were implemented recently are a direct result of the industrial action of last year.
“We are not going to sleep until this is fully implemented, and this surely dispels the myth that only when one is a member of a union affiliated to a political party does one's voice count. TUN urges all teachers to join it in the fight for better living conditions,” he stressed.
In a ruling on an urgent application handed down on Wednesday morning, High Court Judge Maphios Cheda ordered the two respondents - Education Ministry and Public Service Commission - to stop making and/or continue to make any deductions of monies from the teachers' remuneration in lieu of leave without pay as a result of these teachers' alleged participation in a strike during October and November 2012, pending the resolution and outcome of the ongoing hearing of the arbitration case that is currently before the Office of the Labour Commissioner.