Managers unsettle factory workers

Managers at Embwinda Fishing in Walvis Bay are under fire for what workers say is disrespect and abuse.

20 January 2017 | Labour

Workers from Embwinda Fishing, formerly known as Cadilu Fishing, handed over a petition to their management voicing their grievances against two of the company's employees.

They are accusing their human resources manager Rosina Moshoehoe of “not respecting and listening to the workers grievances”.

“Since Moshoeshoe was appointed as HR manager, many employees have been dismissed - even for offences which do not carry a penalty of dismissal.”

The workers are also accusing her of nepotism.

“We are demanding that vacancies be first advertised internally and that all workers must have the right to apply for the said advertisements. We also demand that recruitment for vacancies should be done through affirmative action procedures.”

“She is always threatening workers and she also chases workers from her office, in front of shop stewards. We don't want to work with Moshoehoe - we want to work with someone who has a heart and was humble like our former HR manager.”

The workers are also up in arms about Moshoehoe's dress code, accusing her of dressing like “she at home or going to a club”.

They are demanding that she starts wearing 'corporate clothes'.

In the petition, they also voiced their grievances against Miguel Antonio, operations manager at the company.

He apparently also does not respect the workers and does not listen to their complaints.

“We are working under pressure as he reduced the employees in the factory. Here one person is doing the work of four people. He refuses us to work overtime, and this causes the fish to rot in the chillers. This fish is then used for fishmeal.”

“Nightshift workers' shifts have been cut short. These workers work short hours or sometimes they don't work at all. These types of arrangements don't promote decent work, while there is enough work for everyone. Fish then gets rotten and then goes for fishmeal.”

“We need more workers in the factory as we are under tremendous pressure. It is also unfair to pay some employees performance bonuses while others do not receive anything.”

They are saying they do not want to work with either Moshoehoe or Antonio.

They are also demanding that the company appoint an employee instead of a labour consultant to chair disciplinary hearings.

Moshoehoe does not wish to comment on the matter and calls Antonio remained unanswered.



LEANDREA LOUW

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