Seaflower boats broken again

01 Jun 2013 04:50
LÜDERITZ, 01 JUN (NAMPA) ? Two fishing boats of the Seaflower Whitefish Corporation in Lüderitz once again stopped working, forcing the company to put about 500 of its employees on paid leave.
Seaflower Whitefish Corporation is a subsidiary of Fishcor, which is wholly owned by the government.
The boats allegedly ceased to operate at the beginning of April this year, just two months after the same trawlers were ?fixed? and returned to sea.
Efforts to get comment from Seaflower?s chief executive officer (CEO) Ronnie Coppin failed.
However, Lüderitz Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz confirmed the situation, saying it is very disturbing that the Seaflower management allows such things to happen.
?The management must get themselves together and do things right. Government must intervene in this matter before people lose their jobs,? Scholtz told Nampa on Friday.
A leader of the Namibia Food and Allied Workers? Union (Nafau) here, who wish to remain anonymous, also confirmed that the trawlers have stopped working again.
The unionist said currently, the employees are only being paid 50 per cent of their monthly salaries.
More than 160 employees at Seaflower are registered members of Nafau.
It remains unclear when the trawlers will start work again.
Earlier this month, employees of Seaflower staged a peaceful demonstration, demanding the resignation of Coppin.
Allegations of unfair salary deductions, mismanagement and that he disrespects Namibian labour laws amongst others, were cited by employees as reasons for Coppin to vacate the company?s management chair.