MANWU plan to march against delay in gazetting collective minimum wage, employment condition agreement

SWAKOPMUND: Members of the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU) in the construction sector plan to march against the delay in gazetting the collective minimum wage and employment condition agreement.

A media statement issued on Tuesday by the General Secretary of MANWU, Justina Jonas-Emvula indicates that union members are upset about the delay and as such, are mobilizing themselves across the country to hand over a petition to Minister of Labor, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina.

There are close to 10 000 MANWU members in the construction sector.

The national conciliation agreement was signed between MANWU and the Construction Industries’ Federation of Namibia (CIF) and the office of the Labor Commissioner in June this year.

It was agreed the minimum wage for all employees in the bargaining unit will be increased by 10 per cent for 2015 and again for 2016.

Jonas-Emvula said the union has written to Nghimtina on Monday, requesting the date of gazetting the agreement.

She said the minister has a week to respond and avoid a situation where workers leave their jobs and march to hand him the petition at his office in Windhoek.

Information from Nghimtina’s office shows that the request for gazetting has been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.