NovaNam workers to strike on Wednesday

25 Nov 2013 20:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 NOV (NAMPA) – Employees of the NovaNam Fishing Company at Lüderitz are planning on downing tools on Wednesday in protest at alleged poor employment conditions.
Last Wednesday, employees in the bargaining unit voted on whether to go on strike and it was found that the majority of the employees were in favour of a strike.
The Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU)’s branch organiser at Lüderitz, Jacob Penda confirmed on Monday that the strike will start at 08h00 on Wednesday.
Although he could not provide exact figures of how many employees are expected to strike, he estimated the number to be around 1 500.
Penda said it is hoped that the industrial action will force the company to, amongst other things, appoint staff members who have been working on contract basis for between five and 10 years permanent employment, and introduce housing and transport allowances.
Suspicions that the NovaNam management might be planning a lockout after learning that workers plan to strike could not be confirmed as NovaNam’s Factory General Manager, Juan Magdalena could not be reached for comment.
NovaNam attracted a lot of media attention last month when one of nine sacked employees claimed that his pension money which was invested with the Old Mutual Pension Fund, had been stolen.
This led to the uncovering of a scam in which employees lost an estimated N.dollars 1 121 258.
The uncovering of the scam led to the arrest of the Principal Medical Officer (PMO) for the Lüderitz Health District, Dr Davies Musonda Nkalamo; NovaNam Human Resources Manager David Mwadhina Pokolo; and Pokolo’s former driver Jesaya Titus Panduleni.