Municipal workers up in arms

Employer accused of making excuses

06 November 2019 | Local News

Maxine Bussel; Employee representative; “The workers have patiently waited but we cannot wait any longer.”

Swakopmund • Adolf Kaure


Dissatisfied employees of the Swakopmund municipality held a peaceful demonstration yesterday, demanding that salary negotiations for the 2019/2020 financial year start.

Speaking on behalf of employees, Maxine Bussel said that since March employees have been requesting that council begins salary negotiations, but the employer seems unwilling to do so and is making excuses.

“The workers have patiently waited but we cannot wait any longer. We do not want a repeat of last year when workers only got their backdated salary in January 2019.”

Bussel said employees requested meetings in terms of the recognition agreement to engage in salary negotiations, and accused the employer of not being willing and not respecting the existing recognition agreement.

According to Bussel, what the management of the Swakopmund town council did is in violation of the constitution, the Labour Act, the recognition agreement and council’s own policies.

She added that the employees entered into a substantive agreement to source the services of a service provider to conduct a survey.

“This consultant produced a bogus report dotted with schoolboy mistakes at a cost of over N$345 000. This is wasteful expenditure because the report is not worth the paper it is written on. For example, the report says our A1 Band employees get an annual salary of N$83 000, which is a lie. We know that our colleagues in A1 Band only get an annual salary of N$64 000.”
Bussel said it would be unethical to approve such a report.

“Apparently, our wage bill is 53% of our total income. The same report fails to mention and is conspicuously silent on the fact that the 16 management employees take the lion’s share of the 53%,” she said.

The workers urged town council to commence with salary negotiations within three days from the date of the petition.

Similar News

 

Vroeë Kersgeskenk vir senior burgers

1 week ago - 12 November 2019 | Local News

Walvisbaai · [email protected] plaaslike haarkappers het laas Woensdag 31 senior burgers van die Kuisebmond-outehuis verras. Petra Pelma van Petra’s Hair Studio en Bradley...

Dorpsraad sê oor Farm 37

1 week ago - 12 November 2019 | Local News

Walvisbaai • [email protected] Walvisbaaise munisipale raad het verskeie openbare vergaderings gehou met die oog daarop om inwoners in te lig oor die vordering gemaak in...

Veiligheid vir bejaardes

1 week ago - 11 November 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund · [email protected] Die Swakopmund Retirement Village het gister vir die eerste keer hul noodplan ingeoefen.Die aftree oord het in Desember 2016 geopen en...

Service delivery boosted

1 week ago - 08 November 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected] Swakopmund Municipality received two Ultimate Dependable (UD) trucks from Auto Sueco Namibia, with a combined value of N$3.1 million on Friday. The...

Pophuis help met stryd teen kanker

2 weeks ago - 01 November 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • Iréne-Mari van der WaltDie Lionsklub op Swakopmund het onlangs N$20 000 aan dr. Merwena Basson geskenk om haar praktyk se kankerpasiënte wat behandeling...

Junior stadsraadlede ingehuldig

3 weeks ago - 29 October 2019 | Local News

Die nuwe junior stadsraad is Vrydagaand amptelik ingehuldig. Kuundja Kavari van die International School of Walvis Bay is as junior burgemeester verkies en sy adjunk...

Hongersnood se einde in sig

4 weeks ago - 22 October 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • Iréne-Mari van der Walt Die munisipaliteit van Swakopmund het onlangs Wêreldvoedseldag her­denk met die oorhandiging van kos aan die Tears Of Hope-weeshuis, Ubuntu...

Prokureurs span saam teen geslagsgeweld

4 weeks ago - 22 October 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • Otis Finck 'n Regspraktisynsfirma op Swakopmund, Ellis Shilengudwa Incorporated (ESI), in samewerking met die Lindi Prinsloo Trust, die Janet Martin-liefdadigheidsorganisasie en die vroueregte­aktivis...

Nuwe komitee vir Narraville se mense

1 month - 15 October 2019 | Local News

Walvisbaai • Leandrea Louw Inwoners van Narraville het onlangs 'n komitee aangewys as verteenwoordigende spreekbuis van die gemeenskap wat betref kwessies, uitdagings en ontwikkeling...

Nog 'n hupstoot vir kankervereniging

1 month - 15 October 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund • Leandrea Louw Die Erongo-tak van die Kankerver­eniging van Namibië (CAN) het Saterdag sy grootste, jaarlikse geldinsamelingsveldtog, die Hats and Roses-geleentheid, op Swakopmund...

Latest News

Pastor remains behind bars for...

1 day - 18 November 2019 | Crime

Walvis Bay • [email protected] Marvin Damaseb (39), a pastor from Holy Ghost Fire Ministries in Walvis Bay, appeared in the magistrate’s court on a...

First MRF plant for Erongo...

2 days ago - 17 November 2019 | Environment

Swakopmund • [email protected] The first material recovery facility (MRF) in the Erongo region was launched at Rent-a-Drum in Swakopmund on Friday. The N$2 million...

Tourism forum to be established...

2 days ago - 17 November 2019 | Tourism

Walvis Bay • [email protected] The Walvis Bay Municipality will be establishing the Walvis Bay Tourism Forum in February 2020. At the announcement on...

Development at Extension 39

2 days ago - 17 November 2019 | Infrastructure

Swakopmund • [email protected] A handover ceremony of services and infrastructure by the Swakopmund municipality and Block 9 took place at Extension 39 in the...

Namibiese rolprent op Swakopmund se...

2 days ago - 17 November 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • [email protected] Die lang verwagte #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm het gisteraand sy debuut langs die kus gemaak ná die rolprent op 10 Oktober reeds in Windhoek...

Walvis Bay Golf Club news...

2 days ago - 16 November 2019 | Sports

The field was not big for the PISCS/FOX Designs monthly medal competition. A few guys were on tour, some played the Rossmund Sages...

Sport stars shine at De...

4 days ago - 15 November 2019 | Sports

Walvis Bay • [email protected] Courtney Mouton was named senior sportswoman and Timothy Coleman senior sportsman of the year at De Duine High School’s annual...

Former squash world champion in...

1 week ago - 12 November 2019 | Sports

Swakopmund The WB Hardware Coastal Open is taking place 15, 16 and 17 November 2019 at the SFC Squash Courts in Swakopmund. Namibia has...

Vroeë Kersgeskenk vir senior burgers...

1 week ago - 12 November 2019 | Local News

Walvisbaai · [email protected] plaaslike haarkappers het laas Woensdag 31 senior burgers van die Kuisebmond-outehuis verras. Petra Pelma van Petra’s Hair Studio en Bradley...

Load More