2 – Repeated violations of rights
The ITUC Global Rights Index

Namibia

The ITUC affiliates in Namibia are the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) and the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA).

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Purity Manganese suspends 50 workers for going on strike01-03-2015

The Purity Manganese Mine suspended 50 employees in March 2015 for going on strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
. The workers were suspended on grounds of holding an illegal strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
, following the death of a colleague, 33-year-old Charles Tuandi, allegedly from injuries sustained when he hit his arm against a window on the company’s premises. Workers were also angry because management refused to recognise their union, the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), had delayed the payment of salaries, and had a very poor health and safety record.

The company unilaterally cut normal working hours by half in late 2014 claiming financial difficulties. It closed between 27 November 2014 and 12 January 2015 and workers did not receive their salaries. When employees requested the pay due to them, they were confronted by police officers called in by the company.

“The delays in payment resulted in workers incurring debts and defaulting on payments and ultimately being listed as bad creditors. The workers’ pension subscriptions which were deducted from their salaries never reached the service providers, and the policies were cancelled for defaulting,” explained the general secretary of the MUN, Ebben Zarondo.

Zarondo said that these issues had been reported to the Ministry of Labour but no action had been taken against the company. Furthermore, during the mine’s 15-year existence, there had been five deaths of employees who were injured on duty, most of whom the company refused to compensate.

Mine seeks to undermine strike16-02-2015

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia’s regional chairperson, John Ndeutepo, accused B&E International Namibia of attempting to undermine a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
. Workers had downed tools at the mine on 16 February 2015 after 199 union members had voted in favour of the strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
. The company tried to undermine them by issuing individual agreements within the bargaining unit bargaining unit A group of workers within a particular company, establishment, industry or occupation that constitutes an appropriate unit for the purpose of collective bargaining.

See bargaining agent
, and bribing employees to waive their right to strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
in exchange for a backdated increase from the end of February. The workers were demanding a 12 per cent - 20 per cent increase on their basic wage, medical aid, transport allowance and bonus. The company offered a 15 per cent wage increase and N$300 for medical aid.

Shop stewards suspended 08-12-2014

Namibia Beverages, the producer and bottler of Coca-Cola in Namibia, suspended two shop stewards, named only as Johannes and Abraham, on Monday 8 December 2014. The suspension followed action by the union which had taken up the workers concerns, namely that they were being victimised and exploited purely because of their skin colour. The workers held a demonstration outside the company building on Thursday 11 December 2014 in protest, calling for an investigation into the management’s behaviour.

First National Bank by-passes union10-07-2013

After negotiations between the First National Bank (FNB) and the Namibia Bank and Allied Workers Union (NBWU) failed, management stated that it would negotiate wage increases with individual workers. The union made clear that this statement was in violation of the recognition recognition The designation by a government agency of a union as the bargaining agent for workers in a given bargaining unit, or acceptance by an employer that its employees can be collectively represented by a union. agreement between FNB and the union. Furthermore, the bank engaged in unfair labour practices during the negotiations by threatening and intimidating unionised workers.

Workers concerned for their rights31-12-2011

Unions and workers have workers expressed strong concerns about Chinese construction companies who regularly ignored workers’ rights and the country’s labour laws. One example during the year was that of New Era Investments (see 2012 Trade union rights violations). Between 60 % and 70 % of construction tenders are awarded to Chinese companies.

Employer hostility31-12-2010
Discrimination against independent trade unions30-11-2008

Trade unions not affiliated with the ruling SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organisation) party have continued to be marginalised. Only representatives of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) serve as members of the Board of Directors of the Social Security Commission and the Government Institution Pension Fund.

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