UNAM staff members demand seven per cent increase

30 Jun 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUN (NAMPA) - University of Namibia (UNAM) staff members held a peaceful demonstration at the main campus in Windhoek Friday morning to demand the seven per cent salary increase due to them.
The dissatisfied staff members made their demands in a petition read on their behalf by Shilongo Josaphat, who represented the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu).
The employees are demanding the immediate implementation of the seven per cent increase approved by the university council that was supposed to be paid as from 15 February this year.
However, in January UNAM informed Napwu and the Namibia National Teachers’ Union that they could not implement the increase in February due to cash flow challenges.
The petition further demanded the immediate suspension of all capital projects so funds set aside for that purpose can be diverted to salaries.
It further said the university should reassess phase one of a restructuring project which is being carried out “in order to flatten the management structure and reduce the significant salary expense of the current top-heavy structure”.
“Immediately suspend all new management positions that have not yet been filled, until the competency of the existing management is properly and independently assessed,” reads the petition.
It also requested that the unions form part of the university recruitment processes to ensure transparency, fairness and equity, as well as compliance to recruitment policies.
In addition, staff members no longer want the university to appoint staff who have reached retirement age on contract, as they say this diminishes the salary budget for permanent employees.
UNAM’s Pro-Vice Chancellor of Administration, Finance and Resource Mobilisation, Ellen Namhila received the petition on behalf of Vice Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula.
The same petition was delivered at all other UNAM campuses.