N$1,2 million settlement for Hangana fishermen

WALVIS BAY Hangana workers will benefit financially and also gained added perks as part of an agreement signed with the company.

11 February 2019 | Fishing

Herman Theron; Hangana Seafood MD; "We were on our way to arbitration to settle this dispute and decided it was not the way to go.”

Leandrea Louw - Hangana Seafood and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) signed a three-year substantive wage agreement recently.

The agreement, which stems from a 2018 dispute about a fish commissioning and overtime rate, states that the fishermen of Hangana will be compensated with a settlement amount of N$1,2 million to be paid to them in February.

This amount will be distributed to them as per trip to sea, backdated for the period of 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2019.

They will be paid a fish commissioning rate per ton and receive 3 hours normal overtime rate per fishing day from February.

The Hangana Seafood workers will also receive an 8% salary increment backdated for 2017, 2018 and 2019, including 15% housing allowance and transport allowance.

A total of 263 employees, mostly from the night shift, were also employed on a permanent basis.

Jacob Penda, the general secretary of Nafau, said the agreement was beneficial to both parties.

He urged employers to follow the example of Hangana management to resolve issues amicably to make sure their workers are compensated appropriately.

Herman Theron, managing director of Hangana Seafood, said the three-year agreement is showcasing the commitment of the company towards the employees, especially in the tough economic time the country is facing.

“We were on our way to arbitration to settle this dispute and decided it was not the way to go, as only one party will benefit at the end of the day.”

Hangana currently employs 115 seagoing personnel and 1 436 employees in total.

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