Hilton employees return to work

04 Dec 2013 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - The 10-day strike staged by over 300 employees of the five-star Hilton Hotel Windhoek ended on Tuesday evening after the hotel's management and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers’ Union (NAFAU) reached an agreement.
The employees in the bargaining unit earlier demanded a housing benefit of N.dollars 700, and bonuses equal to their monthly salaries.
The hotel’s management opted to give them increases in bonuses for the different bands - 15 per cent for Band A, 11 per cent for Band B, and eight per cent for Band C.
The hotel’s staff will, however, only receive 60 per cent of their bonuses in December, and the rest in January 2014.
NAFAU’s Central Regional Coordinator, Simon Muukapo told Nampa that although the employees have approved it, they are unhappy about the outcome of the negotiations.
“It is a situation of give and love, give and take. It is progress,” he said.
Management also decided on a six-day leave period per month, but no housing allowances.
“The housing issue was probably the bone of contention. This could not be benefited by all the employees this time around, and will probably be negotiated on a different platform,” Muukapo said.
Approached for comment on Wednesday, a member of the Hilton management said they are still working on a response, and this was still not available at the time of writing.