Hotel Strike Enters Seventh Day

The strike involving ten workers at Protea Hotel – Sea View Zum Sperrgebiet in Luumlderitz who want better wages and improved conditions of service, entered its seventh day yesterday.

The Managing Director of Protea Hotel – Sea View Zum Sperrgebiet in Luumlderitz, Graham Howard, yesterday refused to comment on the strike.

Howard also could not say how much the crippling strike – that has brought services at the hotel to a grinding halt – has cost thus far in lost revenue.

The branch organiser of the Namibia Food and Allied Workers ‘Union (NAFAU) in Luumlderitz, Jacob Penda, confirmed workers complied with the rules allowing them to strike and they gave their employer the legally permissible 18-hour hour notice to strike.

Workers at the hotel, among them waiters, waitresses and cleaner started their strike on September 17 at 11h00.

Striking workers want improved benefits, better salaries and an increase in the housing allowance, an increase in transport allowance and they want the hotel to put them on a medical scheme.

On September 22, NAFAU approached Howard to arrange meetings to resolve the matter but he apparently refused to continue with negotiations on grounds the strike was still ongoing.

Despite the strike from last week the hotel still continued to receive bookings for accommodation.

NAFAU has called on all workers under the United Africa Group (UAG) in Namibia to condemn their management behavior of not giving workers better salary and benefits. The workers of Protea Hotel at Luumlderitz are calling other workers from different Protea Hotels to support them in solidarity.

“Workers should unite and try to end the strike soon, if the strike is not resolved we will mobilise other workers countrywide,” he warned.

Source : New Era