Domestic workers and employers should work together: NDAWU

27 Jun 2017 09:20am
OMARURU, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibia Domestic and Allied Workers’ Union (NDAWU) has urged domestic workers and their employers to work together for a conducive work environment, where the employee is protected while providing satisfactory service.
NDAWU Secretary-General Dina Kahua told Nampa here on Sunday the union understands the difficulties domestic workers experience in negotiating for better working conditions, but they need to take charge of their careers by protecting their rights.
Kahua said domestic workers are “silently abused” in the workplace because they do not know their rights.
“Many employers don’t pay their domestics the minimum wage of N.dollars 1 353,20, nor is the N.dollars 7,80 per hour for those who work part-time adhered to.”
She said the minimum wage was set in 2015 and should increase annually, while those who were being paid more than the minimum amount should not have had their salaries reduced.
Other difficulties domestic workers have to endure include unfair dismissal, lack of leave and irregular payment of salaries because they do not have contracts.
“We invite all domestic workers and others like gardeners to join NDAWU to make full use of all the benefits available,” Kahua said.
She said employers can also source information such as work contract templates, information on Social Security Commission registration and the relevant labour laws and policies from the union’s offices.
Meanwhile, the union is conducting information sessions with employees and their employers in all regions.
“We provide information on conflict resolution, salaries, leave days, health and safety, and recruiting members,” Kahua said.
They have already had such sessions at Henties Bay, Swakopmund, Karibib and Omaruru in the Erongo Region.
NDAWU will conduct similar sessions at Mariental, Keetmanshoop and Oshakati in July, with dates and venues to be communicated via radio services and/or public notices.