WINDHOEK, FEB 6 – Over the past few months, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) have been engaged in wage negotiations aimed at improving the livelihood of its employees.
However, due to some pending matters, the negotiations have taken longer than anticipated and have required patience and understanding from both parties.
On 31 January 2019 NWR received a letter from its union partner of a planned peaceful demonstration that is set to start tomorrow (7 February 2019) and is to take place at all NWR offices and resorts. The demonstration at the Head Office and the Swakopmund reservation office will take place during lunchtime while at the resorts it will take place between 14:30 – 16:30.
“Between the time of receiving the letter and 6 February 2019, our management team has been engaged in all efforts aimed at averting the demonstration. It is just unfortunate that our efforts did not yield the desired results”, said Mr Mufaro Njabulo Nesongano, NWR corporate communications and online media manager.
Mrs Zelna Hengari, NWR managing director, added that NWR is not against employees receiving their dues.
“I would like to put it on record that we are not against our employees receiving what is due to them. Management continues to negotiate in good faith according to the mandate it received from the board. We, therefore, look forward to resolving this situation and any other disputes with our union partner as amicable as possible. Equally, I would like to inform our tourism partners and guests that we have put in measures that will ensure that they receive the service they paid for”. – NDN Staffer