WINDHOEK: The Wages Commission on Domestic Workers (WCDW) being chaired by Former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Libertina Amathila will conduct its last public consultative meetings next week in the Khomas Region.
Domestic workers include housekeepers, child-minders, elder caregivers, drivers and gardeners as well as workers employed in a household.
Meetings will take place here and in Okahandja, according to the Liaison Officer in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Paulus Ashipala.
In a media statement issued on Friday, he noted that this will be the last public meetings, whereupon the commission will be required to make recommendations to the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Immanuel Ngatjizeko.
“After thorough consideration of the Commission’s recommendations, the minister will through the provisions of the Labour Act then issue a minimum wage order for domestic workers in the country,” he stated.
Ashipala thus called on members of the public, employers, employees, civil society, trade unions and all interested parties to come in big numbers to these hearings.
Meetings are scheduled for Monday at the Okahandja Constituency Office, while one is slated for Tuesday at the Otjomuise Project School here in the Khomas North constituency; Kovambo Nujoma Hall in Windhoek East and West Constituencies on Wednesday; the Soweto Constituency offices in Samora Machel and Soweto Constituencies on Thursday; and the Freedom Land Community Hall in the Moses Garoeb and Tobias Hainyeko Constituencies on Friday.
The last meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Katutura Central Community Hall in the Katurura Central and East Constituencies.
The inauguration of the Commission, which is the first of its kind, took place here in May this year.
Commissioners are former Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Libertina Amathila; Dr. Hilma Shindondola-Mote, nominated by the National Union of Namibian Workers; Veronica de Klerk, who represents the Namibian Employers’ Federation (NEF); local economist Uahatjiri Ngaujake; and labour law practitioner Clement Daniels.
The Commission will investigate and then report and make recommendations on the proposed minimum wages and conditions of employment for domestic workers in the country.
However, this is not a permanent Commission. It is expected to complete its investigation and report to the Labour Minister by February 2013.