The Namibia Domestic and Allied Workers Union has welcomed government's new mandatory minimum wage for domestic workers, effective from 1 October.
In an interview with The Namibian yesterday, Ndawu general secretary Nellie Kahua said the union had little to say about the salary increment, but endorsed the gesture as a good start.
"We really appreciate the input from the labour ministry on the increment of the domestic workers' salaries and employment conditions. But for those who feel it is too little, they should be patient as this is just the start," said Kahua.
The permanent secretary in the labour ministry Bro-Matthew Shinguadja, said in a statement on Friday that the salaries of domestic workers will now be increased from N$1 353,20 to N$1 502,05 per month. For those paid on a weekly basis, their wage will increase from N$312,30 to N$346,89.
The daily rate will increase from N$62,45 to N$69,37, while the hourly rate will go up from N$7,80 to N$8,67.
Shinguadja said the new minimum wage was decided after considering social factors and the 2016 inflation rate on food, non-alcoholic beverages, housing, water and electricity, gas and other fuels considered important to domestic workers. He added that the minimum wage would automatically increase again on 1 October next year.
Other modified employment conditions under the new regulations include the provision of a written employment contract to temporary domestic workers brought in to relieve a permanent worker.
Employers of domestic workers would further be required to strengthen health and safety protection for their workers, and to provide storage space for the regular employees' belongings.