By Staff reporter
Windhoek, 3rd July 2023 – Employees from multiple Namibmills depots have taken a unified stand by refusing to work, aiming to exert pressure on management to recognize the Namibia Revolutionary Transport Union (NARETU) as their official trade union and bargaining agent. The decision to strike comes after NARETU has successfully garnered majority support among the employees of Namibmills.
Workers from the Otavi, Walvis Bay, Windhoek, Ondangwa, and Rhur Street depots have joined forces to demand fair representation and improved working conditions. The employees believe that NARETU, with its commitment to advocating for workers’ rights, will effectively address their concerns.
By collectively abstaining from work, the employees hope to convey their unwavering unity and determination to the management of Namibmills. The strike aims to draw attention to the urgent need for recognition of NARETU as the official trade union, which will empower the employees to engage in collective bargaining and negotiate for better wages and working conditions.
The employees have expressed their frustration with the current state of affairs, citing previous instances where their voices were disregarded and deals were made behind their backs. They firmly believe that NARETU, unlike their previous union, will prioritize their interests and fight for their rights as workers.
The unity exhibited by the employees across multiple depots underscores the severity of their grievances and their resolve to bring about meaningful change. As they stand shoulder to shoulder, they send a strong message to Namibmills’ management that they will not back down until their demands are met.
The striking employees hope that their collective action will not only secure recognition for NARETU but also serve as a catalyst for improved labor practices and fair treatment in the Namibmills depots. They remain steadfast in their pursuit of justice and eagerly await a positive response from management.
As the strike unfolds, the Namibmills depots in Otavi, Walvis Bay, Windhoek, Ondangwa, and Rhur Street stand as symbols of unity, determined to achieve a better future for themselves and their fellow workers. ~Namibia Daily News