NWRWU condemns bribing of trade unionists

19 Jul 2019 11:50am
OSHAKATI, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – Secretary-General of the Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers Union (NWRWU), Victor Hamunyela has condemned unionists who reportedly sell out workers in exchange for bribes.
This follows a recent incident where a leader of the Namibia Food and Allied Workers’ Union in Walvis Bay, Sakeus Taapopi, was arrested for allegedly receiving a bribe in exchange for convincing employees of a restaurant at the coastal town to accept a reduced salary increment.
Addressing the media conference at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Thursday, Hamunyela said that the NWRWU is disturbed by sell-out unionists, saying such unionists deserve to be rejected.
“This attitude has a very bad connotation to all unions in general and can cause workers to lose trust in trade unions,” he said.
He called on the workers to take cognisance of the fact that what transpired recently in Walvis Bay could easily mean workers are deprived of genuine wage increases.
“The union will visit various workplaces to discuss our strategic plan aimed at having a bargaining council in the retail sector, which will curb many forms of deviations,” he stated.