01 Feb 2019 16:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 01 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) and the Swakopmund Municipality on Thursday reached a seven per cent increment for the latters employees for the 2018/19 financial year.
The agreement, which was signed during the municipalitys monthly council meeting held here on Thursday evening, stipulates a seven per cent salary increase for the Paterson A to C grades as well as a four per cent increment for the D and E grades.
NAPWUs Head of Operations, Gideon Thomas, on behalf of the employees, expressed satisfaction and gratitude towards the agreement, which he labelled as long overdue.
As parties, we have negotiated and reached an agreement to issues relating to collective bargaining as is being certified by the signing of this salary and wage agreement, he noted.
The agreement comes over seven months after the councils employees went on demonstration to demand the increment, noting that there was a difference between their salaries and those of their neighbouring town compatriots.
The workers union also commended the employees for their patience and discipline throughout the negotiation process, encouraging them to maintain the level of respect and continued commitment to their duties, service delivery and productivity.
Chairperson of the Councils Management Committee, Erriki Shitana, during the signing event also applauded the municipal employees level of endurance while a decision was being reached between the two parties.
The council wants nothing but the best for our employees and as councillors, we are committed to ensuring they get their needs met, he said.
Shitana also emphasised on the importance of mutual respect, stating that it is key despite the differences between the parties involved.
The salary review process was effective from January 2019 and will be concluded within three months and is subject to an extension of an additional three months if so required.
The two parties also agreed that the employees back pay would be included in the salary, subject to ministerial approval.