Labor Ministry will not condone unequal treatment of workers

WINDHOEK: The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) Doreen Sioka said the casualisation of labour whereby some workers enjoy less favourable conditions of employment than their fixed contract counterparts will not be condoned by her Ministry.

Sioka made this statement on Wednesday during a courtesy call by Africa Personnel Services (APS) in the capital.

She stated that he Ministry will continue to review the labour and employment laws in order to close all the possible loopholes that ‘Unscrupulous’ employers might take advantage of to circumvent the intended purpose of the law.

“The Government of the Republic of Namibia believes that sound labour relations can only be ensured and sustained if stakeholders- employers and workers, treat with each with mutual respect for the sake of our social peace and industrial harmony,” she said.

Africa Personnel Services (APS) apologised to the Ministry for their practices of the past and damage they have caused to the Namibian workers and those belonging to the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) and its affiliated unions.

They assured the Minister that and all the Namibian workers at large that those practices will not be repeated by them and that they will commit themselves to the Labour Act. APS was apologising for practices that have led to cases where workers were treated unfairly, like the old pool system where no disciplinary actions were taken against workers and unfair dismissals could also be practiced to some workers.

They however are looking forward to creating a conducive working relationship with NUWN and have assured the Minister that they will work hard to contribute to the economic growth of Namibia.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka says the casualisation of labour will not be condoned by her ministry.

Sioka made this statement on Wednesday during a courtesy call by Africa Personnel Services (APS) to her ministry in the capital, referring to conditions whereby some workers enjoy less favourable conditions of employment than their fixed contract counterparts.

She stated that the Labour Ministry will continue to review labour and employment laws in order to close all the possible loopholes that unscrupulous employers might take advantage of to circumvent the intended purpose of the law.

“The Government of the Republic of Namibia believes that sound labour relations can only be ensured and sustained if stakeholders – employers and workers – treat each other with mutual respect for the sake of social peace and industrial harmony,” she said.

APS during the meeting apologised to the ministry for their practices of the past and the damage they did to Namibian workers and those belonging to the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) and its affiliated unions.

They assured the minister that they will not repeat these practices and will commit themselves to the Labour Act.

This was amongst others in reference to practices that led to cases where workers were treated unfairly, like the old pool system where no disciplinary action was taken against workers and they were instead unfairly dismissed.

SOURCE: NAMPA