WVTC employees stage peaceful demonstration

27 Oct 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 OCT (NAMPA) – Employees of the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre (WVTC) staged a peaceful demonstration on Friday to air their grievances on salary increments, amongst other issues.
Handing over the petition on behalf of the employees, Chairperson of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) Khomas Branch, Mwenya Chileshe explained there has been no salary increment for the financial years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.
Chileshe added that the current regrading report and its recommendations from a Human Resources consultancy firm is being dictated by the board of directors and management and is not to be implemented soon.
He accused the management of wasting financial resources on consultants of which the recommendations are never implemented, as well as paying exorbitant legal fees to lawyers unnecessarily on petty issues that can be solved by management.
“The centre does not have a salary structure and our salaries are thumb-sucked and decided by the head of finance and administration alone,” said the unionist, adding that an employee joining the centre today is paid the same salary as those who have been in the service for a long time.
Chileshe also said the employees’ salaries have been delayed for the past four months and have attracted bank charges and penalties, but management refused to take responsibility to refund the affected employees.
Deductions from staff salaries such as insurance policies, social security, home loans, membership fees and personal bank loans are not paid over to the respective companies or third parties, he said.
Chileshe added that the WVTC has been existence since early 1990s but there are no policies in place and currently only four board members are left instead of the usual 12.
“This board sits monthly or even more than three to four times a month just to claim sitting allowances. They do not promptly resolve issues affecting the centre,” he stressed.
The chairperson further claimed that there is poor communication and poor management as important information concerning all staff members are not communicated on time or not at all.
Receiving the petition, WVTC Manager Paulus Haukongo assured the employees to forward the petition to the relevant authorities.
“I have accepted the petition with an open heart and it is my responsibility and obligation to forward the petition’s content to the relevant authorities,” he said.