More woes for NIP

29 April 2019 | Labour

Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) workers staged a protest march on Friday to express their disappointment with the leadership of acting CEO Mekondja Nghipandulwa.

They accused the management of breaching an agreement signed in 2017.

One of the placards read: “Stop paying suspended executives and pay real workers.”

In a petition, the workers accused the management of using “divide-and-conquer” tactics and of operating the company as if it were their personal property.

The workers demanded that the board fully implement a collective agreement signed in November 2017, and stop “victimising” workers for their alliance with a labour union.

The workers said the agreement provided for a 10% salary increase by 1 April 2019, a N$200 increase in their transport allowance, and a 35% increase in their housing allowance for the 2019/20 financial year.

According to the workers several meetings were held with the management, which they described as delaying tactics.

“During the last meeting held on 18 April 2019 we were informed through management by the board that there will be no salary adjustment for 2019/20 financial year, which is totally defying the signed agreement between both parties in 2017. This is sheer arrogance and total disrespect for the signatory of the agreement,” the petition read.

The workers further demanded that NIP stop creating unnecessary managerial positions and limit the subsistence and travel allowances paid to managers.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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