Hangana faces challenges

19 Jul 2013 13:24
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – The Hangana Seafood fishing company has been undergoing some challenges in the hake fishing industry, and the management will identify avenues which will ensure that the business continues.
Hangana’s Managing Director (MD) Herman Theron told Nampa on Thursday that proposals are being discussed with employees and their union - the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau).
“However, such discussions are not always easy and require a significant amount of negotiation to find the best solution,” he said.
Theron was responding to questions following a recent peaceful demonstration by about 800 disgruntled employees of Hangana Seafood to express their unhappiness at alleged deteriorating labour practices in that company.
Theron said the company's labour practices are sound and grounded in the Namibian Labour Act, as well as excellent company policies.
The MD said dialogue between employees and the company is always welcome and supports the company's value of 'Let's Talk'.
“We believe that by discussing issues we are able to find the best solution for employees as well as for the business,” he said.
Theron said the case involving a supervisor who allegedly fought with some workers was investigated and found to be groundless.
He added that the new supervisor was appointed following the standard company procedures whereby the position was advertised in local
newspapers, applicants applied, screened and interviewed, and an offer being made to the best candidate who met the job requirements.
Theron noted that the company has provided numerous opportunities to employees for growth, development and promotion, thus over 10 positions were filled by internal applicants who have been promoted.
He said five were ‘grown’ into these position via a production supervisor trainee development programme which the company initiated about five years ago.
“This programme enabled these workers to be promoted to the position of production supervisor when a vacancy arose, and they were found to be ready to fill these positions,” he said.
Theron said when the last position was advertised the company did not have an internal candidate who met the requirements of the position, thus the challenge was given to a person from outside.
The group also demanded for the company to negotiate the matter of the 50 per cent reduction in salaries when there is no production due to technological and economic reasons.
The MD said the arrangement for reduced pay during time of no work is provided for in Section 5, subsection 6b of the Labour Act.