Namibia Revolutionary Transport Union launched

18 August 2021 | Labour

MONIQUE ADAMS

The Namibia Revolutionary Transport Union (Naretu) was launched on Monday in a bid to fight for the rights of workers and better working conditions.

Naretu’s commander in chief, Petersen Kambinda, said the union will tackle unfair labour practices and offer workers an opportunity to be represented.

He mentioned salary disparities, employers’ arrogance and tactics of threatening employees not to be organised as some the challenges haunting transport industry workers.

He said employees in the sector are still being paid with envelopes and electronic banking services such as e-wallet and blue-wallet, which makes it hard for them to build up a credit record to access financing at commercial banks.

“We have learned that lots of union leaders who lead unions are affiliated to political parties and end up dancing to the tunes of the affiliated parties. It’s for that reason that Naretu will not have an umbilical cord to any political party as our members currently come from all political parties in the country,” Kambinda said.

According to Kambinda, Naretu currently has 800 registered members in 74 different companies across the country and is expecting companies operating in the transport and logistics industry to recognise Naretu.

The union, he said, is excited to providing a better change for all employees that work in the transport and logistics industry and is looking forward to better days.

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