Transnamib Discredits Union’s Claims On Retrenchment

TRANSNAMIB on Friday discredited claims by the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union that they were not informed of the retrenchment on time.

The company’s spokesperson, Ailly Hangula-Paulino in a press release said the rightsizing exercise has been communicated to the public at a press conference held last September, and at various other meetings where key stakeholders including Natau’s shop stewards were in attendance.

She said since that announcement in September, TransNamib had received an unsolicited proposal from Zealot, which is Natau’s business arm on the possible strategies on the rightsizing exercise, which was received in a positive light.

According to her, TransNamib had on 16 December 2014 issued a notification of retrenchment to the union senior shop steward, labour commissioner, Prime Minister, and permanent secretaries, among other critical stakeholders.

“On 18 December last year, a consultative meeting was held with Natau’s shop stewards to discuss the way forward and details of rightsizing were shared and explained to all,” said Hangula-Paulino.

She said at that meeting it was decided that there would be weekly meetings from 8 January this year in which more resizing details would be discussed.

“We regard the resizing process in a very serious light, hence the transparent and open dialogue with our important stakeholders and our social partner Natau,” said Hangula Paulino.

The Namibian last week reported that Natau’s general secretary, John Kwedhi along with Job Muniaro of the National Union of Namibian Workers denounced TransNamib’s retrenchment plans on the basis that they were kept in the dark on the issue.

The unions called for the intervention of President Hifikepunye Pohamba and for the TransNamib board to fire the entire management for mismanaging the company instead of the workers, who will suffer tremendously.

When called for comment yesterday, Kwedhi refused to comment on the basis that he has not seen the press release and therefore could not confirm whether there had been any meetings.

Source : The Namibian