Air Namibia employees to get increment

WINDHOEK: Air Namibia and Namibia Transports and Allied Union (Natau) have reached settlement on the wage negotiations following the demonstration by workers last week

The two parties agreed on salary increment of 11 per cent for workers under job grade A; a 7.5 per cent for workers on Job Grade B and six per cent for workers in Job Grade C.

The salary increment will be backdated from 01 June 2015, Air Namibia’s Head of Corporate Communications Paul Nakawa said this in the statement issued here on Thursday.

“The positive outcome of the negotiations is testimony to a renewed vision and commitment to the success of our National Airline,” Nakawa said.

He noted that all parties engaged extensively to find amicable solution to the matter at hand, taking into account the challenges the airline faces for continued sustainability.

Air Namibia’s Acting Managing Director Ellanie Mandi Samson was quoted in the statement saying management of Air Namibia thanked the union leadership for their commitment to continued engagement and positive contributions geared towards stabilizing this very sensitive industry we operate in.

“Our employees are the engine and the lifeline of this airline, hence going forward we will look at both their wellbeing and the company performance. We continue strive for a unified workforce and equitable pay for all our employees,” Samson said.

Natau’s Secretary General John Kwedhi quoted saying they are looking forward and work together as social partners, dialogue and good faith bargaining should always be the tools to address issues of mutual concerns.

“The Namibian nation has bestowed the responsibility on us, to take care of the national carrier; our differences must come second to the nation’s aspiration. However, we must attend to issue affecting workers time to avoid frustration,” Kwedhi stressed.

He added that the union will continue to deliver on the mandate as mandated by her members to represent them.

Disgruntled employees of TransNamib and Air Namibia on 20 October staged a peaceful demonstration demanding wage increment and competent managers to lead the two State-owned enterprises (SOEs).

Employees of the two SOEs jointly handed over a petition to the Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus Naruseb.