Namdock and MANWU signed an agreement

Both parties aim to set an example to other Namibian employers and unions, in terms of building sound and meaningful working relationships,

21 June 2021 | Economics

Recognising MANWU to represent its members and all workers within the agreed bargaining unit is a commitment which needs to be proven. Justina Jonas, General Secretary: MANWU

On 3 June 2021, established ship repair and wholly Namibian-owned company Namdock (Namibia Drydock and Ship Repair), signed a Recognition and Procedural Agreement with trade union Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU).

“This mutually signed agreement not only serves to ratify and confirm our recognition of MANWU and the interests of its members employed by Namdock, but also, to record the strong sense of trust, goodwill and mutual respect of both parties in this regard,” says Heritha Nankole Muyoba, acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Namdock.

Speaking to the constructive and democratic communications strategy both parties have nurtured to date, the foundation of Namdock and MANWU’s mutually beneficial relationship is based on common values of kindness, trust, transparency, respect, integrity and fairness.

Through mutual adherence to these fundamental elements, both parties aim to set an example to other Namibian employers and unions, in terms of building sound and meaningful working relationships, which foster and promote business growth and profitability.

“Recognising MANWU to represent its members and all workers within the agreed bargaining unit is a commitment which needs to be proven, as we move into implementing the agreement. This agreement took us many months to be signed off, already an indication that we have a long way to go. We hope and trust that this agreement will truly be implemented based on the values of kindness, trust, transparency, respect, integrity and fairness,” says Justina Jonas, MANWU general secretary.

“This signed recognition agreement is particularly noteworthy, as it embodies the spirit and goodwill of which we as a company and the union have always sought to bring to the table, in our negotiations and decision-making which will ultimately affect employees.

Namdock and MANWU therefore look forward to strong and positive interactions in our future dealings with each another and look forward to a lengthy and mutually beneficial relationship for the benefit of Namdock’s employees,” Muyoba concluded.

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