Hundreds of City of Windhoek contract cleaners gathered at Soweto Market

Hundreds of City of Windhoek (CoW) contract cleaners gathered at Soweto Market to share their complaints regarding working conditions with the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) leadership in the capital yesterday.

Speaking at the gathering, AR founder Job Amupanda among others said the cleaners faced many challenges and that he will help them to air their grievances.

Some of these cleaners have been working for more than 10 years on contract and they don't have any employment benefit, he said, adding that he will take the matter up with relevant authorities as far as to the president of the country so that an amicable solution can be reached.

Many of the workers claimed to be working for more than 10 years on contract and urged the municipality to increase their salaries and employ them permanently.

Approached about the workers' grievances yesterday, CoW Chief Executive Officer Robert Kahimise told Nampa that the cleaners only joined the municipality recently after previously working for private service providers to the City, adding that their salaries were upped from N.dollars 1 500 or N.dollars 2 500 to N.dollars 3 600.

He ruled out employing the over 600 city cleaners permanently due to lack of funds.

Source: Namibia Press Agency