Pick n Pay Namibia, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) signed a three-year wage agreement last week Thursday.
A media statement issued yesterday outlined that the wage increment agreed between Pick n Pay and Nafau, on behalf of the bargaining unit at Pick n Pay Namibia (grade 1-6A), is effective from 1 July 2019.
"This agreement will see 1 860 Pick n Pay Namibia employees receive a wage increment of 6% in the first year (1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020); 6,5% increase in the second year and 7% in the third year for both permanent employees and permanent variable time (PVT) employees," the statement indicates.
It further states that transport allowance for both permanent and PVT employees, as well as housing allowance for permanent employees are also part of the agreement, while a 13th cheque equal to one month's pensionable salary is guaranteed.
In the statement, O&L Group manager for human capital Johannes Kangandjera is quoted as saying that as of 1 November 2019, the O&L Group is rolling out a medical aid scheme, fully paid by the company, which covers all employees in the bargaining unit.
"In support of our purpose, 'creating a future and enhancing life', PnP believes that it can only be a great place to shop for our customers if we are a great place to work for our employees. We understand that the current tough economic climate is not only affecting our business but also our hardworking employees, and have thus committed ourselves to these wage increases and embarked on the medical aid initiative because we care about the well-being of our most valued asset, our employees," he said. PnP Namibia human capital manager Adri Erwee expressed happiness over the conclusion of the negotiations.
"Although it took a bit longer than expected to get to an amicable agreement, with negotiations having started in April, we are happy that we could reach a place where both parties are happy and comfortable with the outcome," she said. Nafau earlier threatened a strike if wage demands were not met.