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Twelve-day countrywide NFCPT strike over

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The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) with the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) have reached a satisfactory agreement in favour of the NFCPT employees who were on strike.This agreement comes after some NFCPT employees went o…

The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) with the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) have reached a satisfactory agreement in favour of the NFCPT employees who were on strike.

This agreement comes after some NFCPT employees went on strike on 12 February 2021, when salary negotiations which started in 2020 between the company and NAFAU reached a deadlock.

Employees were demanding salary adjustments of up to N.dollars 1 000, an increase of 25 per cent on their housing allowance from the current 20 per cent, as well as for the company to cover 70 per cent on their medical aid.

For 2021/22, employees demanded a 10 per cent salary increase for those paid at grade A level, 8 per cent for grade B, and 6 per cent for grade C employees.

At a media briefing here on Tuesday, NAFAU secretary general Jacob Penda announced that the parties agreed that the employer will pay to the employees a performance recognition reward of N.dollars 6 500.

N.dollars 3 000 of this amount will be paid to the employees on or before 12 March 2021 and the remaining N.dollars 3 500 is to be paid on or before 09 April 2021.

“Employees who did not complete 12 months of continuous service with the employer will receive a pro-rata payment based on the number of months of service,” Penda added.

The parties have also agreed that the salaries of employees for the financial year 2021/22 will be increased with 8 per cent for grade A, 6 per cent for grade B and 5 per cent for grade C employees respectively, which will be effective as from 01 April 2021.

“With regard to housing allowance, the parties have agreed that the housing allowance will be increased by 2 per cent of their basic salary effective from 01 April 2021. They will also be having presentations from three pension funds from which a suitable one will be picked,” Penda said.

He noted that employees countrywide will be expected to return to duty with no consequences.

Source: Namibia Press Agency