NAMIBIA, ILO SIGN MOU TO IMPROVE WORKING CONDITIONS IN THECOUNTRY

WINDHOEK-- The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Namibia's Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation (MLIREC) here Tuesday will benefit workers in the country, says Labour Minister Erkki Nghimtina.

Speaking at the signing of the MoU on Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), he added that ity would also help unemployed youth, promote social justice at work by improving wages and working conditions of the lowly-paid and vulnerable workers.

According to Nghimtina, the MoU will focus on the way forward regarding the minimum wage some employees are getting which are not regulated by law.

"Working together to make the programme work will be the best thing to do for the benefit of everyone," the minister added.

Apart from fighting for better working conditions, the MoU also intends to help youth to be trained and able to find jobs. This will be done by creating profiles of engagement for unemployed youth, targeting school dropouts and graduates to come up with ideas on creating employment avenues such as entrepreneurship.

ILO Directr-General Guy Ryder said implementation of the programme required intensive consultation with the government to ensure its effectiveness.

Representatives from the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) and Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA) also signed the same MoU on behalf of the workers they represent.

The DWPC is the ILO programme of support to its member countries based on the national development plans with the framework of the United Nations Partnership Assistance Framework.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK