Wage agreement ends strike at NPT

10 Mar 2017 13:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - A strike at Namibian Press and Tools (NPT) International in Walvis Bay ended on Tuesday after the signing of a wage agreement with the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers’ Union (Manwu).
The 17 operators, who started striking on Monday after an unresolved wage dispute, returned to work Tuesday.
Last week, NPT Plant Manager Wernher Riedel said the company does not have money to meet the workers' initial demands and can only afford what they offered.
The parties on Tuesday agreed on an increase of N.dollars 1.36 in their hourly rate to workers.
Initially, the employees asked for an increase of N.dollars 1.90 in their hourly rate of N.dollars 16, but the company offered an increase of N.dollars 1.21.
Their housing allowance has been increased by N.dollars 140 per month and workers will now get an allowance of N.dollars 700.
Employees wanted their housing allowance increased from N.dollars 560 to N.dollars 730 per month, but the company offered N.dollars 600.
These payments will be backdated to 01 July 2016 and the agreement is valid from 06 March 2017 until 30 June 2018.
“It is not what the employees asked for but they later agreed to us signing, so we are happy for now,” Manwu’s organiser for the Walvis Bay Branch, John Hinyekwa said on Friday.
NPT manufactures spare parts for Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen for export to Germany.