The Namibian (Windhoek)

14 November 2012

Namibia: Fisheries Observers End Strike

FISHERIES observers at Lüderitz and Walvis Bay have called off a weeklong strike after the Fisheries Observers Agency (FOA) and the Namibia Public Workers Union reached agreement on salary increases.

The observers are expected to return to work today.

The parties agreed on 10,1% salary increase across the board, a housing allowance calculated on 20% of the workers’ monthly income, a 60% contribution by the employer to the workers’ medical aid, and higher danger and transport allowances.

The transport allowance will increase to N$350 from N$250, while the danger allowance of N$102 will be upped by N$20.

In addition, the parties agreed to negotiate the workers’ discomfort allowance and housing subsidy.

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