24 Apr 2019 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) secretary general Job Muniaro condemned what he termed the barbaric killing of Muyevu Hausiku, who was allegedly shot dead by his former employer at Andara in Kavango East.
Muniaro was speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday at the NUNW head office in the capital, where the union also announced that Workers Day will take place at the Katutura Independence Arena on 01 May.
Hausiku, 32, was allegedly shot by a Chinese national for whom he worked for two years before being fired. An argument erupted between him and his former employer on 17 April when he demanded his last wage, leading to the shooting.
NUNW called on the Chinese ambassador to call on all Chinese nationals in Namibia to respect Namibian workers in the same manner Namibians respect China and its people, or if they cant do that then they should leave or face the consequences.
Muniaro added it is rare to hear of a Namibian going to China and killing his employer in a dispute for money, and Chinese people should know that Namibian workers are fed up and when they start defending themselves, they will do it until the end as the union is not ready to surrender the country to China.
How many people are dying through negligence at Chinese construction sites? When is China going to respect other nationals in their own country? We should start loving one another or hate each other, said Muniaro.
Meanwhile, the union also called on the government to stop withdrawing money from public servants salaries through the Public Service Employees Medical Aid Scheme (PSEMAS) with immediate effect, saying that they were not consulted about it.
He was referring to the deduction increment on PSEMAS which was proposed by Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein during his budget speech this year.
We believe that our economic situation we are currently facing requires us to communicate to share the countrys problems, own its problems and look for solutions together. If workers are constantly not consulted on matters that affect them, then we are creating trouble and distrust; nothing about us without us, said Muniaro.