Unions should not be used for political agendas: Mutjavikua

08 Jun 2019 12:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – Erongo Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua has cautioned associations to avoid being used to achieve political agendas and instead advocate for the purposes for which they were created.
Mutjavikua made these remarks during the official launching of the inaugural Namibian Maritime Officers and Shipping Association (NAMOSA) here on Friday.
“We know that currently some of the unions are being used to achieve funny political agendas and have diverted from their intended aims. Associations should not use workers to achieve these funny political agendas,” he warned, without elaborating.
NAMOSA was established by a group of maritime officers who graduated from the Namibia Maritime and Fisheries Institute and seeks to represent and protect the interests and welfare of the rest of these officers, in their capacities as marine navigation and engineering officers.
The association further seeks to monitor and enforce the ‘Namibianisation Policy’ and its strict adherence as per government directives and policies concerning the maritime industry.
It also aims to address challenges faced by maritime officers by being the link between the industry and related stakeholders.
The governor urged that the aims of unions and associations should remain with issues affecting workers and their needs.
He also advised NAMOSA to be an association of discipline and within this, to embrace the process of collective bargaining and negotiations as a way of trying to resolve differences.
NAMOSA Chairperson, Phillipus Iwete, expressed a number of difficulties previously encountered by maritime officers in the industry over the past few years.
“The resistance we encountered upon our sea time training and completion thereof was immense, discouraging and downright disheartening,” he said, referring to industry players.
Iwete said that although the officers’ challenges in the industry will not be solved immediately, NAMOSA would tackle them head-on as soon as possible.