Basilius Haingura at a media conference in the capital on Wednesday expressed concern that the union is in the dark about the job evaluation and grading of teachers, saying the negotiation items agreed upon last year are not reflected in the National Budget to be tabled next Tuesday.
“We do not know what the structure will look like and we must know before the budget is tabled. Nantu deemed it necessary to be provided with the details of the job evaluation so that we can give feedback to our relevant structures,” he stressed.
He therefore urged Prime Minister Hage Geingob to ensure that matters such as salary increases agreed upon after last year’s teachers’ strike are reflected in the National Budget.
Haingura said the union will not accept any excuses for a delay in the implementation of a job evaluation and grading system, adding that if the OPM fails to come up with detailed feedback on the matter, Nantu will be forced to take unspecified action against it.
He did not say what action would be taken, but explained that a national executive meeting will be held this Saturday where a decision will be taken as to what action Nantu should take if it does not receive a satisfactory response.
“We have been hard at work to enquire about the details of the job evaluation and grading process from the OPM,” he stated, adding that on 06 February 2013, the parties re-confirmed this commitment and subsequently agreed to have a detailed briefing about the process on Wednesday, but this did not materialise.
He said the fact that the meeting did not take place means the OPM is not honouring its commitment to the union.
“This kind of attitude is an indication of ignorance and unfair treatment in the spirit of labour relations,” Haingura noted.
The OPM is aware of what was agreed on and only the eight per cent salary adjustment was implemented due to budgetary constraints, but the fringe benefits such as housing allowance, transport and medical aid were not adjusted and implemented, he explained.
The Nantu Secretary-General said the fringe benefits were supposed to have been adjusted and implemented on 01 November 2012, but this did not happen.
Teachers countrywide took to the streets late last year in frustration at the slow pace of wage negotiations between Nantu and Government which had been dragging on since October 2011.
The teachers initially demanded a 40 per cent salary increase and wanted their housing allowances to be brought up to a market-related rate of at least N.dollars 2 000, a 100 per cent increment in transport allowances, and a tax-free 13th cheque.
They however only received an eight per cent increase in December last year, while a 10 per cent salary adjustment would be considered again during the 2014/2015 financial year.
The negotiating team also agreed that a job evaluation and grading system would be fully implemented from April this year.