Namport reinstates remorseful workers

The port authority has re-employed some of the workers it fired earlier this year.

04 August 2019 | Infrastructure

Kavin Harry; Namport Acting CEO; Their participation in the strike was serious and cannot be taken lightly.

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw



The Namibian Ports ­Authority (Namport) reinstated 53 of the 86 employees it dismissed in May this year for taking part in an illegal strike in 2018.

The container terminal workers were subsequently dismissed for misconduct after a disciplinary hearing. Six ­others were given final written warnings.

Namport acting CEO Kavin Harry said the 53 employees who were reinstated showed remorse for their actions.

“The rest of the employees simply did not show any remorse and this is why we decided not to reinstate them. Their participation in the strike was serious and cannot be taken lightly.”

The strike action took place at the Namport head office at Walvis Bay. Employees went ahead with the illegal industrial action despite being cautioned not to do so by the Namport management and union bosses.

The employees claimed the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau) had not consulted them on changes made to their conditions of employment, and that their right to freedom of association was being violated.

They also demanded to join and be represented by the Mineworkers ­Union of Namibia (MUN), because of alleged ­corruption and victimisation by the Natau leadership.

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