Furnmart/Home Corp employees call off strike

19 Jun 2019 15:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 19 JUN, NAMPA) - Employees of franchise furniture stores Furnmart and Home Corp in Namibia, through their affiliate union Metal and Allied Workers Union (MANWU) have ended their two-week long countrywide strike.
This was announced by MANWU President Angula Angula here on Wednesday, when he said the agreement is effective immediately.
According to Angula, the parties have reached consensus on the employees' demands, which included salary increments, as well as the distribution of free uniforms for employees.
“This agreement will now benefit all employees under the bargaining unit, unlike the first offer which was only beneficial for non-commission employees,” Angula explained.
He added that the agreement is inclusive of back-pay from January for employees who were not included in the first offer.
The union has requested employees to report back to work by Friday latest.
Furnmart employee and spokesperson of the employees at the Kuisebmond branch in Walvis Bay, Nathan Mbari, expressed appreciation for MANWU’s efforts during the negotiation process.
“We might not have necessarily gotten what we initially demanded for, but we are not where we were before. This is just the beginning and we will continue to fight for the future generation of this country,” he said.
The strike which commenced on 31 May followed a series of failed wage negotiations with the management of the stores since last year.
According to Angula, numerous attempts by the workers and the local management of Furnmart to amicably seek a solution to the matter and a 12 per cent increment for employees, proved futile.
Furnmart/Home Corp instead offered a six per cent salary increase to the non-commission based employees and a zero per cent increment for commission-based employees.
A deadlock was then reached on 19 February 2019 and a certificate of unresolved dispute was then issued to the parties.