Minimum Wages for Construction Up By 9,5 Percent

THE minimum wages in the construction industry will from tomorrow increase by 9,5%. Workers in Namibia’s construction industry can anticipate an increase in minimum wages for respective job categories.

“Increases of 9,5 % in Namibia’s construction industry are now in force and will be applicable as from 1 June 2014 to 31 May 2015. The increase in minimum wages follows a previous increase of 9% from 15 September 2013,” the construction industry announced on Friday.

The minimum wage is a legal requirement for the building and construction industry and is a result of the collective agreement which had been negotiated between the Construction Industries Federation of Namibia (CIF) and the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU), which then was also enforced to become applicable to all companies operating in the construction sector after it was gazetted on 24 December 2014.

The negotiated wage increase is higher than in previous years, which was 7,5% and 8%, respectively.

The CIF and MANWU want all companies to adhere to minimum employment conditions in the construction industry.

“It is important to take note, the increase refers to the minimum wage and not to an increase of 9,5 % across the-board. If employers have already paid the specified minimum wage, or more, any additional increase is left to their discretion,” the CIF said.

Baumlrbel Kirchner, consulting general manager of the CIF said it is critical that all Namibian and foreign companies strive towards adherence of all laws, including minimum wage and employment conditions.

“It is in everybody’s interest that the minimum wages are paid across the industry, and that optimal work conditions are maintained. This will ensure the avoidance of costs differentiation to the detriment of workers in the industry and would help the industry to get closer to a more level playing field,” the CIF.

The agreement not only covers minimum wages for unskilled workers and different categories of skilled and semi-skilled artisans, but also health and safety standards, the provision of minimum protective clothing, minimum productivity levels, living away allowances and service allowance.

Source : The Namibian