Petrol attendants declare countrywide strike

WINDHOEK: Members of the Namibia Fuel and Allied Workers Union (NAFAWU) have declared a nationwide strike following the cancellation of minimum wage negotiations on Monday.

The negotiations, which were supposed to take place at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare between the union and its members’ employers was cancelled as the ministry could not be present to act as facilitator.

NAFAWU Secretary General David Frans told Nampa on Monday the strike was only held in Windhoek today while the petrol attendants were waiting for the negotiations to convene.

He said the cancellation of the meeting resulted in the declaration of a nationwide strike country-wide starting on Tuesday.

The petrol attendants are demanding a minimum wage of N.dollars 4 600. They want their shifts to be reduced to eight hours from the current 15 hours; and also want transport and housing allowances and medical aid benefits.

Frans said the strike will continue indefinitely until the union’s demands have been met.

He said a team from the union has been deployed to ensure that all fuel station attendants take part in the strike despite some employers threatening to dismiss workers who do so.