Windhoek, 17 September 2019 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) are pleased to announce the finalisation of their protracted 2018/19 wage negotiations that were concluded on 9 September 2019.
The final Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to this regard was signed on 12 September 2019. Effective from 1 November 2018, the parties agreed to a six (6) per cent increase on basic salaries for employees within the bargaining unit (A – D3). Equally, the results of a benchmarking exercise conducted by PWC in 2017, which intended to rectify salaries anomalies of employees within the bargaining unit below the average market scales, will be implemented with retrospective 1 November 2018. Also, all employees within the bargaining unit will receive a retrospective seven (7) per cent increase as from 1 November 2018 on both housing and transport allowances. The transport allowance applies only to employees working in municipal areas and who are not provided with official transport.
Furthermore, the parties agreed to harmonise the off days of employees at the NWR resorts and camps to six (6) days off per month, unlike in the past where they had eight (8) or four (4) days off. “To ensure consistent and secured productivity levels, we agreed to convert our non-managerial employees in job grades (A – C) currently on contract to permanent employment as from 1 November 2019”, said Dr Matthias Ngwangwama, NWR Acting Managing Director.
Dr Ngwangwama concluded by saying, “I would like to thank our board for the trust and guidance they provided to the negotiating team. Due to the current difficult economic conditions, it is very pleasing to note that our social partner was able to engage in candid and open discussions that, in the end, resulted in a win-win situation for both parties. The current economic conditions and circumstances require entrepreneurial and contextualised solutions to problems. Lastly, I want to thank all those that were involved in these intricate negotiations for a job well done and look forward to working with them in the future”.