Natau elects new leaders

20 August 2019 | Labour

The president of the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Natau), William Claasen, retained his position at the ninth national congress held over the weekend.

Claasen garnered 43 votes, while the other candidate, Ndapewa Johannes, received 25 votes.

The other office bearers were elected unopposed. They are: Albertus Monde (vice-president), Aloysius Katjito (national treasurer), Nicky Ourub (deputy treasurer), Martin Nghidengwa (national secretary), Louis Skrywer (deputy secretary) and John Kwedhi (general-secretary).

To cut costs, the congress delegates decided not to nominate anyone for the position of deputy general-secretary.

The Central Executive Committee members are: Elgiva Baptista, Erastus Shigwedha, Helena Newaka, Michael Amalwa, Immanuel Hangula, Benjamin Shilongo, Edwin Forbes, Gabriel Sheehama, Ruth Munzule and Ronald Mutonga.

The deputy minister of labour, industrial relations and employment creation, Tommy Nambahu, delivered the keynote address on behalf of Minister Erkki Nghimtina.

He said the transport and security sectors are vital for wealth creation.

“However, a study done by the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) in 2012 about working conditions of security guards paints a gloomy picture,” Nambahu added. He continued by saying that the same can be said for long-distance drivers.

“We have noted reports that some long-distance drivers have suffered violence in some countries where they deliver goods and services. Also, long-distance drivers are exposed to the danger of HIV/Aids.”

The deputy minister urged the delegates to discuss these issues and advise the government how to deal with them.

Speaking off the cuff, the deputy minister urged union delegates to avoid tribalism and strive for unity.

Nambahu said it was long overdue that trade unions in the transport sector establish a Transport Sector Bargaining Council.



TUNOMUKWATHI ASINO

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