NCCU to meet with Air Nam management on Wed

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Cabin Crew Union (NCCU) will meet with the Air Namibia management on Wednesday to negotiate on the demands made by their members during a strike last month.

The national airliner’s cabin crew embarked on a strike on 30 May 2014, but it was later called off when the parties came to an agreement to suspend the strike and engage in negotiations again.

They returned to work early on 31 May, and all flights started operating as normal.

The members were demanding market-related salaries as safety officers, and gave Air Namibia until 13 June 2014 to meet their demands when the strike was called off.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, NCCU president Reginald Kock said they met with the company’s management before last Friday, and set a meeting for Wednesday.

The main issue they are unhappy about is the company’s decision to move from the Peromnes Job-Grading system to the Patterson Job- Grading System in 2009/10.

The cabin crew members are particularly unhappy about the fact that their positions were graded in the B-band and not the C-band under the new Patterson Job-Grading System.

Kock said they have managed to agree on some matters with Air Namibia, but they still have a number of issues to resolve.

“When we meet with the management, we will try to resolve some of the issues which we are still struggling with,” he said.

He would, however, not elaborate on those outstanding issues.

After the meeting, the union will report back to their members to decide on the way forward.