More than 500 employees were retrenched from 10 companies between 27 March and 27 April 2020

 More than 500 employees were retrenched from 10 companies between 27 March and 27 April 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The 543 retrenchments were reported in the Khomas, Erongo and Hardap regions.

The executive director in the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Bro-Mathew Shinguadja in a media statement issued yesterday said Khomas topped the list with 406 job losses.

Khomas is followed by Erongo with 131 employees retrenched from the mining and quarrying sector, while six people were retrenched in the Hardap Region in the accommodation and food services sectors.

“In construction, 22 were retrenched, five in transport and storage, 374 in the accommodation and food services sectors, and five in other services and activities,” he said.

Shinguadja said the retrenchments occurred despite proclamation number 16 of the State of Emergency due to COVID-19, which provides for the suspension of provisions of certain laws and deals with incidental matters arising from the suspension of the operations of such laws, including the Labour Act.

“The proclamation prohibits retrenchments during the lockdown period, however, if after the lockdown an employer wishes to collectively dismiss employees for reasons related to the actual or potential impact of COVID-19, the employer must do so in compliance with sections 33 and 34 of the Labour Act, including negotiations over the right of the employees to be recalled to their former or comparable position as the employer’s operation recovers,” said Shinguadja.

Source: Namibia Press Agency