Katutura Hospital Cleaners to Be Paid

CLEANERS at Katutura State Hospital, who went on strike over a pay dispute last week, might receive their payments by end of this month.

The group of cleaners together with kitchen staff, laundry staff and ward assistants held a peaceful demonstration in front of the acting senior medical superintendent, Nelago Amagulu’s office.

Despite Amagulu locking herself up in her office during the protest, the protestors stayed put until she came out to give a response.

The cleaners complained about their working conditions, claiming they were being overworked and underpaid. They also said they had not received their overtime money for the last four months. They claimed that they were informed at the beginning of this month that there was no more overtime pay.

When Amagulu came out to meet them, The Namibian was informed that she promised them that they would receive their overtime money by the end of the week.

She, however, refused to verify this with The Namibian, before referring all questions to the ministry’s spokesperson, Ester Paulus, who refused to comment.

Health permanent secretary Andrew Ndishishi, who was in unspecified meetings all day yesterday, asked The Namibian to send an SMS, but he had not responded by late yesterday.

Source : The Namibian