The Namibian (Windhoek)

22 January 2013

Namibia: Parcel Force Delays Salary Payments

COURIER company Parcel Force employees are unhappy over alleged delays in the payment of their salaries. The employees claim that the company is in the habit of paying them late.

According to an employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, they are still waiting for their December salaries.

"We have been waiting for 14 days now to get paid. The owner does not care and labour [ministry] is turning a blind eye. Our HR is not communicating this problem because of family ties with the owner. Is this not unfair labour practice?" one of the employees questioned.

"If money comes in from companies who owe Parcel Force, then you would be lucky to get your payment. We do not have a fixed date of being paid and its very disappointing when we have not received any payment. We do our jobs very well but come month-end, one needs to hassle in order to find means of going to work while you wait on your payment to be made," the source said.

Parcel Force debtors administrator Lorraine Swartz refused to comment, saying that it was an internal problem and would be solved internally.

"We do not have any comment, plus we have sorted out the issue already," Swartz said.

The Office of the Labour Commissioner said if workers feel they are treated unfairly they should complain to the labour comissioner.

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