uel station attendants to go on strike Friday

WINDHOEK; More than 4,000 fuel attendants countrywide are threatening to cripple services at all filling stations in the country, when they go on strike and stage a peaceful demonstration this Friday.

The fuel attendants are unhappy about the low salaries, long working hours and health/safety measures at their workplaces.

They are demanding to be paid a minimum wage of N.dollars 4 600; want their working shifts to be reduced to eight hours; and they also want transport allowance and medical aid benefits.

Secretary-General for the Namibia Fuel and Allied Workers Union (NAFAWU), David Frans told a media conference here on Wednesday that fuel station attendants working in towns like Okahandja, Gobabis and Rehoboth will gather in Windhoek at the old compound in Katutura on Friday for the strike and demonstration.

The union and its members decided to call a national strike after service station owners allegedly refused to engage them in negotiations on salary adjustments and a minimum wages.

He said transport will be provided for the fuel station attendants to come and join those in Windhoek, while those in the northern regions will also gather at several designated points.

He added that the strike will continue indefinitely until their demands have been met.

Frans said a team from the union has been deployed to ensure that all fuel station attendants take part in the demonstration despite some employers threatening that they will dismiss workers who take part in the boycott.

“We also approached the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare so that they can speak to those employers who are threatening to dismiss their employees, but the ministry has done nothing about it so far,” he said.