NFCPT workers strike over wages
Seeking better salaries
13 February 2021 | Labour
Victor Pea; NFCPT CEO; “A decision was taken to give the organisation breathing space for it to recuperate and reverse the negatives”
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Employees of the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) are on a nationwide strike after wage negotiations reached a deadlock on Friday.
Bertha Izaaks, representing the employees at Walvis BAU, stated that the reason they are striking is because they need money.
“Each day there is an increase in everyday necessities such as bread, housing, water and electricity, yet our salaries remain the same. We like working for the NFCPT but we are not happy with our salaries. We want them to look at our wages and give us a better option.”
She added that they are ready to negotiate with the management of NFCPT. “But we need money to survive and sustain our livelihood.”
The Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) branch organiser Nenghwanya Natangwe said that they are disappointed in NFCPT.
“They are a government entity and more is expected of them.”
Victor Pea, chief executive officer of NFCPT, stated that it is their established customthat wage negotiations for the upcoming financial year is considered based on the preliminary performance of the previous years.
“In this case, we have considered no increase on wages for the 2020/21 financial year. This was done considering the performance of 2019/20 financial year where we recorded a decline in both revenue and cash.”
He stated that based on the preliminary performance results for 2020/21, they have engaged with NAFAU to counter the employees’ salary and benefit adjustment for the 2021/22 financial year.
“This included a 7% increase for jobs on Grade A, 6% Grade B and 4% Grade C as well as 2% on housing while medical aid remained unchanged. In addition, NFCPT offered to provide a once off cash pay-out of 3% for job Grade A and 2% for Grade B & C on the basic salary.
“This offer was declined by NAFAU, who demand that employees should be paid cash once off to the amount of N$12 000 per person. They further demand that salaries and benefits for the 2021/22 financial year be increased as proposed.”
Furthermore, Pea said that in regards to the abolishment of the retirement annuity, both parties have agreed to consult on pension funds in a bid to identify one that offers the best benefits.
“The employees through NAFAU, are demanding a wage increment of 10% for job Grade A, 8% for Grade B and 6% for Grade C as well as 10% on housing allowance and 70/30 medical aid contribution for the 2021/22 financial year, whereas they are still demanding a wage increment of 48-57% for Grade A, 18- 42% for Grade B and 7-17% fot Grade C, a 10% housing allowance, 80/20% medical aid employer contribution for the 2020/21 financial year, as well as the termination of the retirement annuity.”
Pea said that this the first time in five years that they have not increased on annual wage.
“This was a principal decision that was taken to give the organisation breathing space for it to recuperate and reverse the negatives.”