Green scheme workers strike over non-payment of salaries

17 Sep 2019 14:40pm
RUNDU, 17 SEP (NAMPA) – Green scheme employees held a strike at Rundu on Monday over the non-payment of their salaries for the months of July and August, as well as other grievances.
They marched to the office of the Governor of the Kavango East Region, where they handed over a petition.
In the petition read by the president of the Namibia Farm Workers Union (NAFWU), Cornelius Ntelamo the workers said they have to feed themselves and their families and also have bills to pay.
They further claimed that their monthly tax contributions to the Ministry of Finance and Social Security Commission (SSC) are not paid over on time.
“This makes it look like we are in arrears with these services providers,” Ntelamo said.
Their petition was received by Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo, who promised to hand it over to the relevant authorities.
On his part, Managing Director of the Agricultural Business Development Agency (AgriBusDev) Petrus Uugwanga after the strike explained that workers’ salaries were delayed due to the slowdown in the agency’s cash flow.
“The shareholder, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, is fully aware of the situation and allocated resources for the upcoming season as a mechanism to boost production,” he said.
The issue of delayed payments to third parties like SSC and Inland Revenue is being addressed systematically and the resources are secured, he said.