Suspended Neckartal workers to be paid out

08 Nov 2017 21:30pm
WALVIS BAY, 08 NOV (NAMPA) - Forty Salini Namibia employees who were suspended in June last year at Neckartal Dam construction project will be compensated.
Secretary-General of the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers’ Union (Manwu) Justina Jonas-Emvula on Wednesday told a media conference at Walvis Bay that the company, which is tasked with the construction of the dam in the //Kharas Region, agreed to pay the money it owes to employees.
The employees were suspended with full pay after they stopped work complaining of injustice in the work place and poor working conditions.
The company, however, stopped paying their salaries six months after suspension.
Jonas-Emvula said the union pursued the matter and pressured Salini Namibia to pay their members for all the months they were not paid out.
“They will receive full month salaries and retirement packages, because they cannot be re-instated anymore since the project is ending soon.”
She also used the conference to express dismay over the recent death at the dam of construction worker, Andreas Ilonga, who worked for Hennima Investments, a subcontractor for Salini.
The man fell off a building he was working on at the dam during the night shift and died on the spot.
The unionist said all companies must make sure the safety of workers is priority so that no deaths are experienced.
Jonas-Emvula said Manwu was never impressed by what has been happening at Neckartal and urged the Government to consider the views of the union when appointing contractors.
“Our experience with Neckartal project has been of a cat and mouse throughout. We have nothing good to say that our members have benefited from this project.”