Guards at Otjiwarongo demand N.dollars 12,50 per hour

03 Nov 2016 19:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 03 NOV (NAMPA) - Security guards working for companies at Otjiwarongo on Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with security guards across the country who are demanding better wages.
The less than 40 security guards handed over a petition drafted at national level to the office of the labour commissioner under the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.
In their petition, the guards said while Namibia enjoys peace, stability, and economic growth which they contribute to, most of them live in extreme poverty.
They called on President Hage Geingob to intervene and assist them in obtaining better working conditions and wages.
Members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) from Otjiwarongo monitored the demonstration.
Some of the guards, chanting slogans and waving placards, said they are paid as little as N.dollars 5,30 per hour.
They want the minimum wage increased to between N.dollars 10 and N.dollars 12,50 per hour.
An arbitrator in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Helena Helmut received their petition and promised to channel it to the ministry’s head office in the capital.