New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: How Far Are We Ready to Go?

opinion

Has it seriously become a culture in Namibia that if you won't strike you don't get your bread? Since January, this country has seen several industrial actions from the mining, transport, airline and fisheries sectors, teachers and even nurses.

Most disturbing was the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) strike that lasted for several days putting the country's security at risk.

Can employees and employers no longer reach an amicable solution based on the basic principle of collective bargaining?

I think something needs to be done by Namibian employers to avoid unnecessary frustrations of employees.

The fact of employers taking workers to the High Court is another retrogressive step that only creates confusion and unnecessary chaos for the public at large.

Seriously, how far are we going with this platform of employees crying for a better living standard every day without being answered by the employers?

I'm sure where there is smoke there is always fire. People are crying and toyi-toying when they are hungry so the employer must just sit and speed up the negotiations to satisfy the employees and expect the good fruits from them.

When it comes to the teaching fraternities, many people expect learners to pass well and teachers to deliver and deliver, but unfortunately these people will only deliver if they are satisfied.

I seriously feel pity for my young brothers who I think are not going to make it this year because it has been a week without meeting their teachers in class.

I know that this dilemma will not affect the employers, but will only affect the school learners; hence I urge the employers to once again sit and renegotiate to meet the teachers' demands for them to deliver, deliver and deliver.

The cost of living has gone up while some people live beyond their means and these and other factors lead to the accumulation of bad debts. When clients default on repayments, banks repossess the cars, houses and even household goods such as furniture.

People want better living standards but do not want to live with frustrations. The employers should really respect the arguments and the decision of the employees.

I know most Namibian employers have bad tendencies of enriching themselves and forget that the employees also need a better life, just exactly the same way the employers want.

What I'm trying to say is, the employers must respect the employees, so that everybody will have a fruitful life instead of a debtful life.

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