The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) will no more see 188 of its workforce of the 650 employees lose their jobs while they have been afforded the option of early retirement.
Speaking at a media briefing last week, the agriculture water and forestry minister Alpheus !Naruseb said Meatco and NAFAU, under his leadership, developed initiatives that ensure no job losses will be experienced and sustainability of the Public Enterprise.
Said the minister, “Meatco is now in the position to implement a new streamlined organogram and operational model with no job losses and without incurring additional costs.”
“We believe that with the new strategy there will be improved efficiency and effectiveness in the operations of Meatco to the benefit of all stakeholders in the livestock industry.”
!Naruseb said that On the 26th of July 2018, Meatco together with NAFAU representatives met and briefed him on the Meatco turnaround and realignment strategy which is aimed at improving the sustainability of the Namibian meat industry in general and Meatco in particular.
He indicated that he then tasked the parties to explore all alternatives to avert possible job losses.
“To this end, the parties had a meeting on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 and agreed on various resolutions. The parties briefed me yesterday, 9 August 2018 on their agreed resolutions,” he said.
NAFAU said the agreement to save the employees was done in good spirit and urged corporates not to rush into cutting off their workforce when the harsh economic conditions affect them.
“We acknowledge the economic situation in Namibia and we said no, fine we understand the economy, but let us save the employment. It was not an easy thing but we tried that the employment of those people is being saved. NAFAU would like to thank Meatco for reaching this agreement. Thank you very much,” said the union.
Beginning of August Meatco spokesperson, Rosa Thobias informed a daily newspaper that they had cut 234 of their workforce due to cash-flow problems while 60 more had applied for voluntary retrenchment.