Matthias Ngwangwama, acting Managing Director - Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR)

Tourism giant – the Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU), recently concluded protracted wage negotiations, that will see employees getting a six percent increment in basic salaries.

The talks were concluded with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will be effective from November 1, 2018 (backdated). NWR’s acting managing director Matthias Ngwangwama announced.

“The parties agreed to a six (6) percent increase on basic salaries for employees within the bargaining unit (A – D3),” Ngwangwama indicated.

“Equally, the results of a benchmarking exercise conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in 2017, which intended to rectify salaries anomalies of employees within the bargaining unit below the average market scales, will be implemented with retrospective on November 1, 2018” he said.

“Also, all employees within the bargaining unit will receive a retrospective seven (7) percent increase as from November 1, 2018 on both housing and transport allowances.”

Ngwangwama added that the transport allowance applies only to employees working in municipal areas and who are not provided with official transport.

Furthermore, the parties agreed to harmonise the off days of employees at the NWR resorts and camps to six (6) days off per month, unlike in the past where they had eight (8) or four (4) days off.

“To ensure consistent and secured productivity levels, we agreed to convert our non-managerial employees in job grades (A – C) currently on contract to permanent employment as from November 1, 2018.”

He added: “I would like to thank our board for the trust and guidance they provided to the negotiating team.”

According to Ngwangwama, due to the current difficult economic conditions, it is very pleasing to note that our social partner was able to engage in candid and open discussions that, in the end, resulted in a win-win situation for both parties.

He noted that the current economic conditions and circumstances require entrepreneurial and contextualised solutions to problems.

“I want to thank all those that were involved in these intricate negotiations for a job well done and look forward to working with them in the future.”

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