Kavihuha dismisses PM's statement on civil servants' salaries

05 Dec 2018 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA), Muhongora Kavihuha has dismissed a statement made by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, that public servants are well remunerated.
It was reported in local daily ‘The Namibian’ last week that Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said at the moment, the government was paying public servants well despite their poor performance and the slow economic growth the country was experiencing.
She was responding to comments, proposals and inputs on the proposed amendments to the Public Service Act from other parliamentarians, including deputy justice minister Lidwina Shapwa, labour minister Erkki Nghimtina and justice minister Sacky Shanghala in the National Assembly, it added.
Kavihuha, who addressed a media conference on behalf of the Public Service Union of Namibia (PSUN) here Wednesday described that statement as insensitive if seen from the perspective of the many increases in the price of fuel and basic necessities.
“A good number of public servants operate under deplorable working conditions, such as the lack of transportation, while nurses work in a life threatening and unhygienic environment,” he said.
According to the union leader, Namibian civil servants pay proportionally higher taxes and have high costs of living compared to other countries in the Southern African Development Community.
An employed Namibian, he went on to say, caters for about eight other vulnerable, unemployed, deprived and suffering Namibians.
“Therefore, roughly speaking, the salaries of 120 000 public servants goes to assist 960 000 other Namibians who should otherwise be the responsibility of the Namibian Government,” he said.
Kavihuha warned that failure to budget for public servants salary increments next year will result in the PSUN “taking drastic action.”