Dispute between Teachers’ Union of Namibia and Govt over

WINDHOEK: The Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) on Monday announced that a settlement has been reached on ‘illegal’ deductions from the salaries of its members who participated in the 2012 teachers’ strike.

TUN president Mahongora Kavihuha announced this on Monday during a media conference in Windhoek.

He also indicated that government has agreed to stop issuing written warnings to the teachers who participated in the strike.

The settlement also entails that TUN will withdraw a dispute referred to the Labour Commissioner’s Office, while government shall withdraw all final written warnings issued to TUN members with immediate effect.

In September 2013, several teachers were issued with letters which indicated that money will be deducted from their salaries because they participated in the two-week strike that lasted until November 2012.

Meanwhile, Kavihuha said TUN will furnish the respondents with a list of all its members who did not receive a notice, but whose remuneration deductions were made, within 30 days from Monday.

Government will also provide proof to TUN of service of such notices to the teachers referred to within 30 days after receiving the list from the union, he said.

The two parties have agreed to set one day aside for the verification of such notices, with the date to be agreed upon by the two parties.

“All the deductions made from those TUN members who did not receive the notice shall be refunded within three months from date of such verification,” Kavihuha said.

TUN has called on members from whose salaries deductions were made, but who did not receive the mandatory statutory notice, to contact the union’s offices.