Effective Social Dialogue Needed – Hango

THE Trade Union Congress of Namibia president, Paulus Hango, has called for a more effective and broadened social dialogue structure to grow the country’s economy and to create more jobs.

Speaking at the May Day rally held at Luumlderitz on Friday, Hango said currently Namibia’s main tripartite social dialogue structure is the Labour Aisory Council that brings together government, employers and trade unions.

“The social partners need to explore ways to make this structure more effective and broadening its mandate to provide for joint decision making on socio-economic issues instead of having merely an aisory role on labour matters,” Hango remarked.

Hango explained that an effective social dialogue is crucial for the achievement of decent work and for reaching consensus about a developmental social impact to spearhead the required number of decent jobs, corrective bargaining on minimum wages, decent employment conditions, strengthening the capacity of social partners and government in social dialogue, collective bargaining mechanisms and tripartism.

At Friday’s May Day rally,Tucna also launched a book titled ‘ Tucna Development Policy Proposals’.

The book proposes to government and employers as social partners how to deal with economic transformation and job creation, governance and participatory democracy, redistribution and sharing of resources, and social development.

Also speaking at the rally, Bank Workers’ Union of Namibia (Bawon) secretary general Thomas Muchima said one of the most urgent and critical challenges facing Namibian workers is the inflated property prices, which are simply beyond the budget of the average worker.

Source : The Namibian