NWR and Napwu agree on salary increase

The Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) agreed on their protracted 2018/19 wage negotiations that were concluded on 09 September 2019.

In the statement with Nampa, the final Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed on 12 September 2019, the parties agreed to a six percent on basic salaries for employees within the bargaining unit (A-D3).

The increase will be effective from 01 November 2018.

Equally, the results of a benchmarking exercise conducted by the PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2017, which intended to rectify salaries anomalies of employees within the bargaining unit below the average market scales, will be implemented with retrospective 01 November 2018.

The MOU also state that all employees within the bargaining will receive a retrospective seven percent increase as from 01 November 2018 on both housing and transport allowance.

The transport allowance applies to employees working in municipal areas and who are not provided with official transport.

Furthermore, the parties agreed to harmonise the off days of employees at NWR's resorts and camps to six days off per month, unlike in the past where they had eight or four days off.

NWR Acting Managing Director (MD) Matthias Ngwangwama said these changes are aimed at ensuring consistent and secured productivity levels.

We agreed to convert our non-managerial employees in job grades (A-C) currently on contract to permanent employment as from 01 November 2019, added the Acting MD.

Ngwangwama concluded that the current economic conditions and circumstances require entrepreneurial and contextualized solutions to problems and thanked parties involved in the negotiations.

Source: Namibia Press Agency