Some 900 fishermen stopped work demanding better salaries and medical care at sea

Some 900 fishermen from different companies in Walvis Bay stopped work yesterday, demanding better salaries and medical care at sea, amongst other demands.

They held a peaceful demonstration led by the Namibia National Labor Organization (Nanlo) on the same day, and marched to the offices of the different stakeholders, including the line ministry and unions.

The seafarers’ spokesperson Immanuel Petrus told Nampa that to be honest, they will go home and not return to work until their demands are met because they are just tired.

Petrus is also the regional organizer of the Mining, Metal, Maritime and Construction (MMMC) Union in the Erongo Region.

The workers delivered petitions to the Ministry of Labor, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation; Namibia Seamen and Allied Workers’ Union (Nasawu); Namibia Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Nafau); and Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations (CNFA) amongst many.

In the petition delivered to the CNFA, the workers stated that their working conditions are bad and they have been complaining about the same issues for the past three years, but nothing has changed.