Windhoek Country Club workers hold peaceful demonstration

Workers at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort on Thursday led a peaceful demonstration in Windhoek in order to handover a petition to the resorts General Manager Tony Boucher.

The petition is a demonstration of their frustration over the delayed agreement on strike rules for the planned industrial action by workers of the government owned institution.

Senior Shop Steward at the resort, Cornelius Shiimi told Nampa the workers elected on the 7 October this month in favour of employees to go on strike.

He said they gave a notice of their intention to strike but the management has not signed the strike rules as required by the rules of the labour law, specifically the Labour Commissioner.

Shiimi said this was a delay tactic on the part of the resorts management to frustrate the workers.

He said as a result the workers are forced to petition the management to stop negotiating in bad faith.

The petition calls for the company to engage constructively in order to finalize the industrial action rules and procedures.

Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) Chief negotiator in the dispute, Lister Tawana, read out a list of demands to the General Manager which included an Across The Board (ATB) increase of N. dollar 500 on their wages, housing allowance and transport allowance respectively.

The workers through their union said they accepted the companies once-off N. dollar 150 Christmas voucher for December.

Amongst other demands the workers made from their employer is for the company to recall Mr. Tony Boucher with immediate effect.

The company to engage their union in order to finalize the industrial action rules and procedures on or before the end of this month.

The company to stop hiring consultants from South Africa.

The company to hire a human resource practitioner with immediate effect.

The workers gave the company 48 hours to respond to their demands.

Source: Namibia Press Agency