Namport casual workers let go

10 Feb 2017 08:10am
WALVIS BAY, 10 FEB (NAMPA) – More than 200 people who worked at the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) as casual workers, are crying foul after being informed that their services are no longer needed.
They were let go in January this year.
“They informed us in a letter that Namport does not need our services anymore, so we must search for jobs elsewhere,” the group’s spokesperson Petrus Shilongo told Nampa on Thursday.
Shilonga said he has been working for Namport since 2008 and is not happy about what has happened.
“They did not even give us some sort of reward before letting us go,” he said.
Shilongo also said the company management did not want to speak to them when they gathered outside the office building on Thursday.
Namport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bisey /Uirab told Nampa upon enquiry the company had asked the workers to do casual work which has now been completed, hence they were let go as there is no more work for them.
“We did not retrench anybody because we did not have an agreement or permanent employment agreements,” he said.
/Uirab said they were paid their last salaries for the work they did.
“We have communicated to them officially, so I do not understand why they say we did not come talk to them outside,” said the CEO.
Shilongo said they will sleep in front of the Namport offices and if nobody comes forward to answer their questions, they will stage a peaceful demonstration.