Union drags Windhoek City to court over wages

AGGRIEVED temporary employees of the City of Windhoek have dragged their employer to the Labour Court in a bid to acquire permanent employment status and to enter into salary negotiations for the current and next financial year. The City of Windhoek and the workers’ representatives, the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu), held conciliation talks at the Office of the Labour Commission on Tuesday, following the City’s earlier refusal to meet with union reps. According to Sam Iilonga of Napwu who led the negotiations, there was a hearing on Tuesday and the City of Windhoek was willing to come to the table on 10-11 September for negotiations. “The union negotiation relies on the workers’ mandate. Why we took the City to court is that they refused to come to the table.