Primary industry workers should be remunerated competitively: Esau

12 Nov 2018 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia should focus on policies that will ensure workers who participate in extraction, processing and other value addition activities for primary resources, are remunerated competitively.
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, at the inauguration of the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) regional office in Lüderitz on Friday said this will address the huge challenge of economic inequality, seen in the country’s Gini coefficient which stands at 0.57.
“Namibia’s wealth lies largely in its natural resources. It is therefore only fair that those who work in primary resource industries be compensated commensurate with profit levels of businesses exploiting these resources,” he said.
Esau noted that wealth that is not shared, is not sustainable.
“If indeed Namibia’s wealth is our natural resources, which belongs to all Namibians, our unacceptable Gini coefficient can be in part addressed through more economic inclusivity of workers, shareholding and commensurate remuneration,” he said.
The minister further noted that for Namibia to build a competitive private sector in the global marketplace, Namibians should embrace fair labour practices.
He stated that the future of sustainable business lies in embracing not just international standards in food safety or good manufacturing practices, but fair labour standards as well.
“Nafau working with other trade unions in our country can continue to be an effective representative of our professionally articulated options on negotiation tables that promote a strong Namibian economy, which maximises on employment creation,” Esau said.