14 November 2012

Namibia: NUDO Denounces Eight Percent Increment Offer? Not Worth Cup of Peanuts

Windhoek — The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) described as 'peanuts' the 8 percent salary increase for public service employees, which is to be backdated to April.

Apart from the 8 percent across-the-board salary increase, public service employees will also receive a 100 percent increase on their housing allowances, as well increases in their transport allowances.

Housing allowances for staff members below the management cadre in the salary bracket N$18 930 to N$52 377 was increased from N$300 to N$600, while those earning between N$54 147 and N$133 593 had their housing allowances increased from N$400 to N$800.

The transport allowance for staff members below the management cadre increased by 15 percent and the motor vehicle allowance for the management cadre went up by 8 percent following the protracted wage negotiations.

The party suggested that the home lone facilities available to teachers be considered based on current market values of land in the various local authorities since current land and houses market prices, if compared to the home loans that teachers get from government, 'do not match.'

"On the part of the housing allowance of N$500 per month, it is still not sufficient since one single room in Windhoek costs about N$2000 to N$2500 per month. Nudo of Namibia would like to find out how did the government calculate this benefit without looking at the real situation on the ground?"

Meanwhile, Nudo said teachers who recently went on strike paid N$18 to and from school and another N$36 to and from school for extra-mural activities.

"This is equal to N$72 per day for 31 days per month that come to N$2232 per month. Nudo of Namibia urges the government to reconsider these allowances in order to let the teachers perform their duties with professionalism and dignity."

"The bargaining agent which is Nantu has betrayed the teachers since they are only talking to government and not to the teachers. Nantu should reconsider their position in respect of the teachers who are their members," said the party.

Nudo believes that there is nothing wrong with the teachers striking "... because for this year alone, labour unrest was experienced in various sectors of the [economy] such as the energy sector and NBC, therefore Nudo of Namibia urges the government to consider the abovementioned issues very seriously."

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