Sioka Frowns On Tribalism, Ineptitude

The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, has urged staff in the newly inaugurated labour office in Ondangwa to refrain from corruption, ineptitude, laziness, tribalism and all other unprofessional conducts.

Sioka said that the new office should promote social dialogue and encourage mutual respect between employers and employees, to preserve harmonious labour relations in the country and attract foreign investment.

Sioka further implored employers to ensure the rights of the workers are respected and upheld at all times and urged the workers and their union representatives to ensure that they carry out their obligations at all times.

“Government has put in place the necessary policies and legislative instruments to protect the rights of both the workers and the employees,” said Sioka.

According to Sioka, the core obligation of the government to build the office in Ondangwa is to ensure easy access to information and other labour related services to the community in the surrounding area.

“Our ministry will leave no stones unturned to ensure that our workers receive decent accommodation and expose those that mistreat our workers this way,” said Sioka.

The minister also appealed to the employers who provide accommodation to their employees to provide decent living quarters that are befitting human inhabitation.

At the event the minister also urged job seekers to register themselves with the labour ministry’s Computerized Integrated Employment Information System, which is facilitated by the ministry. The computerized system is aimed to register job seekers and match them with employers.

The labour office in Ondangwa is equipped with a room where students could access career guidance and vocational counselling. Employers are also encouraged to visit the office for psychometric testing services to use in their employee recruitment process.

Speaking at the event, the Governor of Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa commended the Ministry of Labour for the construction of a second labour office in the region, in addition to the Oshakati based Labour office.

Source : New Era