OTJIWARONGO, 13 JUL – Workers of the Otjiwarongo Municipality on Thursday received an 8 per cent salary increase across the board. The agreement was signed by the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) on behalf of the 180 workers together with the Chairperson of the Municipality of Otjiwarongo’s management committee, Hilda Jesaja.
The agreement will also cater for allowances of the seven local authority councillors of Otjiwarongo for the financial year 2018/2019. Jesaja in her statement at the event said the agreement, which involves employees, council and Napwu had gone through a numerous engagements before a consensus was reached.
“It is a win-win situation and all the three parties involved are winners,” Jesaja said.
Jesaja also announced the new adjustment benefits for the workers to be placed on standby duties, and also the new general transport, medical and rental allowances for them.
Standby allowances was adjusted from N$133 to N$250 per shift, while non-management workers’ transport allowance increased from N$600 to N$640.
Their medical aid was raised from 80 per cent cost to council, to a new 85 per cent cost to council, with a 15 per cent contribution per an employee.
Employees’ rental allowances increased from 18 per cent to 20 per cent.
According to Jeseja, these adjustments were approved by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.
Napwu Otjiwarongo branch organiser, Hambira Mathe on behalf of workers expressed delight to have reached an agreement with the municipality, adding that it will continue to motivate employees of the municipality to work even harder.
“The agreement is beneficial to all parties. As a result, our relationship will also continue to grow from strength to strength,” he said.
The municipality on 30 April this year tabled its 2018/2019 expenditure and capital project budget of nearly N$149 million, of which N.dollars 56 million is set to cover wages, salaries and sitting allowances for the local authority councillors.