Windhoek, Aug. 4 — President Hage Geingob has intervened to avert a strike by civil servants that could have had a devastating impact on the country.
Peter Nevonga, the general secretary of the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) announced at a media conference at State House that after the president’s intervention, the negotiating unions and the government had reached a deal to avert a strike by civil servants. The new agreement includes a 3% increase in basic salary, 11% in housing for non-management civil servants and 14% in transport.
This will cost the government N$924 million.
More than 42 000 public servants last week voted in favour of going on strike after negotiations for a pay rise were deadlocked.