Temporary ECN employees hold peaceful demonstration

Employees of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) employment on contracts terms on Wednesday staged a peaceful demonstration in front of ECN building demanding permanent employment and fair working conditions.

Reading the petition on behalf of the group, Chairperson of the Namibia Public Workers' Union (NAPWU) ECN Branch, Joseph Nghiilwamo said a total of 157 temporally employees have submitted numerous complaints to ECN management to look into the employment and working conditions since 2009, however nothing has been done.

Nghiilwamo stressed that employees' contracts are ranging between six months and a year and as a result are deprived of benefits such as medical aid, pension, housing allowance, study leave and overtime which most provided for in terms of the Public Service Rules.

ECN is a body that promotes and consolidate electoral democracy yet are practicing neo colonial labour laws

He further alluded that after the successful conduct of the 2014 elections employees' were only assured medical aid and overtime, however the rest of employees benefits on temporally terms as stipulated in the public service act were not met.

We are also enduring favouritism, nepotism and unfair treatment between permanent and temporary employees. Management should stop exploiting us in the armpits of the organisation, we want equal treatment and fair practices, he noted.

Nghiilwamo also questioned why newly recruited voter's education officers have signed six- and two-years contracts while most of the existing temporarily employee are on six months and one-year contracts.

The group gave the ECN management 14 working days to respond and meet their demands, saying that failure to meet their difficulties will result employees taking practical and consequential actions including approaching the Head of State.

Accepting the petition, ECN Chief Executive Officer Theo Mujoro said he will submit the petition to management, adding that in fact ECN Chairperson and Commissioner are aware of the aggrievances contained the letter.

Source: Namibia Press Agency