UPDATE: Teachers at Nkurenkuru united in nationwide strike

13 Oct 2016 16:40pm
NKURENKURU, 13 OCT (NAMPA) – Thousands of teachers at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region hit the streets and participated in the nationwide teachers’ strike on Thursday.
Like teachers in the Kavango East Region, they marched from the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) regional office through the centre of town to show their discontent at Government’s insistence on a five per cent salary increment, while they are demanding eight per cent.
Nantu’s regional chairperson Phillip Sepuka told Nampa during the march that the teachers at Nkurenkuru are united.
“I am happy because the strike has been properly attended by the teachers who are putting up a united front.”
Sepuka said Government “has no choice but to surrender” and give teachers the salary increment. He said the strike will continue until their demands are met.
Striking teachers told this news agency they are happy with the way Nantu fought for their rights and said they have no doubt that Government will from now on respect their rights.
They said it is unfortunate that the situation has reached this point, particularly during year-end examinations, but they are convinced to be doing the right thing.
After the march, teachers were expected to meet at various points according to the circuits their schools fall under.
These points are at Nkurenkuru and Bunya, west of Rundu; Ncuncuni, east of Rundu; and at Ncamagoro, south of Rundu.
The strike commenced across the country Thursday morning after a Labour Court ruling late Wednesday that the rules of the teachers’ strike, as determined by the Labour Conciliator, remain unchanged.
Government last Friday filed an urgent application for an interdict and to have the rules reviewed. That application was however dismissed.