Wage Agreement Reached to Satisfaction of All

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By Petronella Sibeene WINDHOEK The Namibia Food & Allied Workers’ Union (NAFAU) and Han-gana Seafood (Pty) Limited this week has signed a wage agreement, following three weeks of negotiations. The agreement relates to permanent land-based employees in the Grades One to Four, and their remuneration increases as well as conditions of employment for the financial years 2006/07 and 2007/08. According to NAFAU’s branch manager, Kamati Johannes, last Thursday, the two parties discussed the conditions but could not formally sign the agreement as workers still had to be informed about the deliberations. After the workers were informed about the outcome of the meeting between the Union and Hangana, the workers expressed their satisfaction which enabled the signing of the agreement. “We gave the feedback to the workers before signing the agreement, and they are all happy now”, said Johannes. The parties have agreed to a ten percent (10%) cost-to-company increase for the bargaining unit. Conditions are applicable for the period December 1, 2006 to June 30, 2008, as confirmed by the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies Group Manager: Public Relations, Patrick Hashingola. Hangana Seafood’s Human Resources Manager, Terence Makari, expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the talks were held, adding that negotiations had been conducted in good faith. He singled out the cooperation that enabled all stakeholders to find an amicable solution. Established in 1997, Hangana Seafood (Pty) Limited is a leading Namibian producer of white fish, predominantly Cape Hake. The company employs in excess of 1ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 employees and complies with South African, European and US-American food standards. Hangana Seafood’s high quality fish products are exported to the United States, Australia and several other European countries.

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