NAMIBIA’S LABOUR MINISTRY NEEDS FUNDING TO ENFORCE LAWS, PARLIAMENT TOLD

WINDHOEK-- Namibia's Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina, has told the National Assembly that his Ministry needs funding, plus the appropriate human resources and tools in order to enforce labour laws and ensure compliance.

Presenting his Ministry's budget proposals in the National Assembly on Tuesday, he mentioned in particular the labour dispute resolution mechanism as one of the programmes which required funding, adding that it is an appropriate vehicle to resolve labour conflicts in the country.

"This formal court system alternative is functional and is gaining recognition and appreciation from its users and can now be used by employees and small and medium enterprises without the assistance of a lawyer," said Nghimtina.

According to the minister, this system, which will require more than 20 million Namibian dollars (about 1.7 million US dollars) ito improve and maintain, can be used to access justice and fairness and offers relatively fast finality to workplace labour disputes.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK