PnP and Nafau sign wage agreement

Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver and List (O and L) Group and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) have reached and signed a three-year wage agreement last week Thursday.

In a media statement issued on Monday, the wage increment agreed between PnP and NAFAU, on behalf of the bargaining unit at PnP Namibia (grade 1-6A), is effective from 01 July 2019.

This agreement will see 1860 PnP Namibia employees receive a wage increment of 6 per cent in the first year (01 July 2019 to 30 June 2020); 6.5 per cent increase in the 2nd year (01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), and 7 per cent in the third year (01 July 2021 to 30 June 2022) for both permanent employees as well as Permanent Variable Time (PVT) employees, the statement indicates.

The statement further indicates that transport allowance for both permanent and PVT employees, as well as housing allowance for permanent employees, is also part of the agreement, while a 13th cheque equal to one month's pensionable salary is guaranteed.

In a statement O and L Group Manager for Human Capital, Johannes Kangandjera said as of 01 November 2019, O and L Group is rolling out a Medical Aid scheme, fully paid by the company, which covers all employees in the bargaining unit.

In support of our purpose, 'creating a future and enhancing life', PnP believes that it can only be a great place to shop for our customers if we are a great place to work for our employees. We understand that the current tough economic climate is not only affecting our business but also our hardworking employees, and have thus committed ourselves to these wage increases and embarked on the Medical Aid initiative because we care about the wellbeing of our most valued asset, our employees, he said.

PnP Namibia Human Capital Manager, Adri Erwee expressed happiness for the conclusion of the negotiations.

Although it took a bit longer than expected to get to an amicable agreement with negotiations having started in April, we are happy that we could reach a place where both parties are happy and comfortable with the outcome, she said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency