Keetmans Municipal Worker Fights Demotion

KEETMANSHOOP municipal manager Josef Rooi has lodged a case of unfair labour practice with the Office of the Labour Commissioner against his employer, alleging he was “demoted without any just cause”.

Rooi is seeking reinstatement to his previous position of senior local economic development manager, which became redundant after the council adopted and implemented a new council salary structure in July.

He is also demanding that “the municipality reviews the decision to demote me, and instead promote me to the vacant position of strategic executive: local development economic development amp community services, the position in which I’m currently acting in accordance with conditions proposed by Easy HR consultant”.

Rooi claimed he was never consulted about the negative impact the process of the organogram and salary structure review would have on him.

According to Rooi, the acting chief executive officer, Quinton Visagie, only mentioned “in passing” that his previous managerial position no longer existed and that he had been demoted to a local economic development officer.

Rooi confirmed yesterday that he lodged a case of unfair labour practice against his employer.

However, he refused to comment further saying it would be ‘premature’ to say much at this stage.

Earlier,Visagie conceded that council had implemented its new salary structure that saw some municipal employees getting salary increases – some as high as 200% – without ministerial approval.

The Namibia Public Workers’ Union rejected the new salary structure, claiming the union was not consulted.

Attempts yesterday to confirm whether the council in the meantime got ministerial approval for the implementation of its new salary structure, proved futile.

Source : The Namibian

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