TransNamib staff warned about illegal strike

27 September 2018 | Labour

TransNamib has warned its employees that a planned strike is illegal.

Management learned that a group of employees were conducting unlawful industrial action at some of its work premises.

CEO Johny Smith on Tuesday informed all staff that their planned strike was illegal under the Labour Act and also not permissible under TransNamib's policies.

He said TransNamib was in a critical position and in order to reach its targets all staff needed to be dedicated to restore customer confidence.

“This development is in contrast with management's attempts in setting new lines and tones of communication with employees whilst strengthening the existing communication structures,” said a statement issued by the company.

“However, management has learned that this unlawful industrial action is due to no salary increment last year and stalled wage negotiations this year due to the much-reported governance issues,” according to the statement. TransNamib said it took cognisance of the employees' concerns, but the company's financial situation had to be viewed in the context of the Namibian economy as a whole.

“Suffice it to say, any industrial action right now will only serve to undermine exactly what employees of the company are looking for, which is a salary increase.”

TransNamib has a longstanding recognition agreement with the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau) as sole bargaining agent for its workers.

According to TransNamib they have consulted with Natau about this development and the union has distanced itself from this illegal industrial action and the associated employees.

Smith appealed for common sense to prevail in order to resolve the issue without threatening the future of the business any further.

ELLANIE SMIT

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