The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Kaaronda Continues His Fight Against Dismissal

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FIRED secretary general of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Evilastus Kaaronda on Monday continued his fight for his dismissal to be declared unfair by the labour commissioner.

Kaaronda's lawyer, Clive Kavendjii told The Namibian that they were at the process of arbitration and that their position is that, the dismissal was unjustified and they would like the commissioner to have the same opinion on the matter.

Kavendjii also said that they are yet to decide whether Kaaronda will take up the job or not if they win.

NUNW officials said last year that Kaaronda, has not exhausted the federation's internal procedures by not appealing against his dismissal.

As a result, he should not have approached the Office of the Labour Commissioner for conciliation and arbitration.

Kavendjii on the other hand believes that the NUNW itself did not follow proper internal procedures by not subjecting Kaaronda to a disciplinary hearing before sacking him.

The fired unionist was also considering approaching the Supreme Court to have his dismissal overturned.

This came after Acting Judge Petrus Unengu in the High Court dismissed his urgent application to be reinstated.

"I have been summarily dismissed without a hearing and without a valid reason by an improperly constituted meeting," Kaaronda said in court papers.

He charged that he was removed in a "highhanded and vexatious manner" and "was not even given the courtesy of being informed about my dismissal but heard about this in the press".

According to him, the main reason behind his dismissal is having "consistently taken up the issue of the Government Institution Pension Fund (GIPF) issue".

This issue, he said, "reflects negatively on certain leaders within the federation".

He was on leave when he was dismissed at an emergency meeting of the NUNW.

In the court documents, he said the meeting that dismissed him needed "necessary resolutions to establish that they were mandated to call a meeting and attend an 'emergency' meeting. I deny that there was any such emergency".

Kaaronda maintained that his dismissal was in contravention of the NUNW's constitution.

The reasons for Kaaronda's dismissal were given by the NUNW as "gross non-compliance with regard to his duties and responsibilities", the "disunity, division and mistrust" he had allegedly caused among union leaders, and his "under-performance and connivance with rival unions".

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