New union for Hangana employees

Bargaining unit

17 September 2020 | Labour

Daniel Imbili; Union president; “We are a union with principles and will represent the workers to the best of our abilities.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Hangana Seafood employees signed a new recognition and procedural agreement with the Namibia Fishing Industries & Fishermen Worker’s Union (NFI & FWU) on Tuesday.

For the past 20 years, the workers were represented by the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU).

According to Nelson Muhepa, the group manager for employee relations at Hangana Seafood, the new agreement between NFI & FWU and the fishing company, will guide the involved parties on the different procedures pertaining to workers.

“This agreement will form the basis when it comes to negotiations, communication, and all the processes relating to employee relations. NFI & FWU is now the officially recognised union and will represent all workers in the bargaining unit, not excluding management, which totals more than 1000 employees.”

Daniel Imbili, president of NFI & FWU, said that the workers decided on the new union.

“We are a union with principals and will represent the workers to the best of our abilities. Additionally, we provide training to employees to ensure that they are well-informed and educated so that every decision we take is according to the law.”

Imbili expressed the hope that the minister of fisheries and marine resources, Dr Albert Kawana, will look at Hangana with a different attitude.

“We hope the minister takes notice of all the investments made by the fishing company, which includes the construction of a new factory that will be completed soon.”

Imbili added that the years of illegal strikes, unfair dismissals and ‘I am the boss and not your leader’ are gone.

“As NFI we want to see employers and employees working together as partners in terms of profit-sharing, depending on the availability of quota.”

Eliakim Tjuija, the shop steward chairperson for the Hangana employees, said that the agreement basically remains as is and was just struck with a different union.

“The workers lost faith in the previous union. There were quite a number of allegations and misunderstandings between us and NAFUA. We are happy to join NFI. It was a strenuous process, but we believe that success lies with NFI.”

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