Nakara Workers Get Salary Increases

THE Nakara strike came to an end last week Thursday after the workers agreed to settle for a 9% salary increase.

The workers have been on strike for almost a week demanding transport and a wage increment of 9,6% while the company offered an 8,6% wage hike.

If workers’ average salary ranges between N$2 000 and N$5 000.

Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, secretary general Narina Poolman confirmed that the workers are back to work now and the transport negotiations will take place during the next financial year.

“We decided to do the transport negotiations next year so the company can have time to plan well in aance for the workers’ transport,” said Poolman.

According to her, director at the Ministry of Labour Felix Musubuliki was the mediator between the company and the union and together they reached an agreement.

“Musubulike facilitated the negotiations and the signing of the agreement,” said Poolman.

The workers in the company’s tannery department went on strike almost two weeks ago and some had complained of the unsafe conditions which they are forced to work in.

The workers claimed that they work with chemicals when dealing with treatment of animal skins to turn them into leather. According to them, the chemicals burn their skins and sometimes they get asthmatic attacks as a result of inhaling these chemicals.

Metal and Allied Workers Union (Manwu) secretary general Justina Jonas said they voted to go on a strike over two weeks ago, and about 100 workers voted in favour of the strike.

“The workers all live in various areas of Katutura and walk to work on a daily basis. They need transport as it is not safe for them, especially in the dark,” said Jonas.

Source : The Namibian