AR in a fight to get union registered

01 November 2021 | Politics

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK

The Affirmative Repositioning Movement is taking the Labour Commissioner to court over the delayed registration of its mooted ‘Revolutionary Union’.

The movement, through its lawyer Kadhila Amoomo, said its attempts to register a trade union had been delayed, despite submitting an application for registration on 29 January.

“Over three months later, on 5 May, your office replied to our client’s application indicating that its constitution does not meet the requirements of Section 53 and should therefore be rectified. A meeting was held at your offices on 31 May to discuss my client’s constitution in line with your aforesaid letter and the resolution of the aforesaid meeting on 7 June,” Amoomo wrote.

The movement added that it had made the recommended changes as advised by the Labour Commissioner. The movement further alleged that it had been called back to rectify issues raised to its constitution.

“On 18 August your office raised new issues relating to our client’s constitution. It is important to note that the issues raised were previously never raised in your 5 May response, despite being contained therein. We view this as a delayed tactic by your office,” Amoomo said, adding that issues raised were related to the grammar of its constitution.

The movement said it had made the effort to act on the recommendations but that another reason had then been found to delay its registration.

“To my client’s surprise, your response dated 15 August raised a new concern to our client’s intentions to operate in all sectors, and that you are seeking legal guidance from the attorney-general. We view your astounding interpretation and attempt to seek external advice as an attempt to unfairly prejudice our client,” Amoomo said.

The movement further warned of taking legal action.

“We have strict instructions to appeal your decision to the Labour Court,” Amoomo said.

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