WINDHOEK: The absence of a Performance Management System (PMS) at the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) is the root cause of industrial action by employees, underway countrywide.
General Secretary (GS) of the Namibia Financial Institutions’ Union (Nafinu) Asnath Zamuee said in a media statement issued here on Thursday that workers are demanding an eight per cent salary increase and a four per cent performance bonus across the board, making up the 12 per cent increment that they are demanding.
She noted that the executive committee approved an eight per cent inflation-based increment and a four per cent increment based on individual performances, which the union refused, as there is no rating system in the bank.
“We demanded the four per cent to be paid across the board since the performance management system has not been implemented in the bank. This is where the disagreement started which led to the strike,” Zamuee stressed.
The NAFINU GS said workers have been forced to be rated subjectively, and have to sign a contract at the same time they are being rated.
This caused a lot of dissatisfaction, as some employees felt prejudiced since there were no targets agreed upon prior to appraisals and the ratings could not be justified, she said.
“This year around, workers refused to be rated without a contract with clear targets, because they wanted to force management to implement the PMS,” she noted.
The workers have vowed to strike until their demands are met.