Names of misbehaving employers to be announced: NUNW

02 May 2014 08:50am
KATIMA MULILO, 02 MAY (NAMPA) - The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) will publicly announce the names of ‘misbehaving’ employers on Workers’ Day next year, the union’s acting president Connie Pandeni warned.
Speaking during the commemoration of Workers’ Day at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on Thursday, Pandeni charged that employers who are mistreating their workers have their days numbered, and those who are blacklisted will have their names made public at next year’s May Day rallies.
She, however, noted that not all employers mistreat their workers, and thanked those who go the extra mile to look after their employees.
Such entities shoule try and influence others to emulate their example, she added.
The unionist further stated that workers’ rights continue to be violated, while conditions of employment in some instances are worse than during colonial times.
In some cases, such mistreatment is even perpetuated by Namibian employers, and not foreigners alone.
Health and safety issues are likewise not improving, especially in the mining and construction industries, and more efforts should thus be made to better these conditions.
According to Pandeni, service delivery to members needs to be improved so that each and every worker, irrespective of where they are in the country, can belong to a trade union which will represent them, whenever the need arises.
Workers also need regular training on their rights and on economic and political issues, and must remain united.
“This is the most powerful weapon we have in order to fight some of these employers violating our rights,” she stressed.
Meanwhile, the NUNW is in the process of engaging employers through the Namibian Employers’ Federation (NEF) at bi-partite level towards establishing a formal relationship to collaborate on strengthening labour relations in the country.
Workers’ Day, traditionally known as May Day, has been observed and commemorated for more than 100 years globally.
It is aimed at highlighting the plight of workers and showing solidarity for their struggle against exploitation, poor living conditions and unfair labour practices.
This year’s Workers’ Day was being held under the theme ‘Maintaining productivity through social dialogue’, a theme meant to emphasise the issue of productivity and dialogue among tripartite alliances, being the government, trade unions and workers.
The Workers’ Day commemoration was attended by several Cabinet Ministers and senior Government officials, traditional authority leaders and trade unionists.