WINDHOEK: After a lengthy meeting to discuss current demands by the teachers in the Khomas Region, the National Teachers’ Council (NTC) could not respond on the demands of those teachers because their demands are misleading.
The NTC is the highest decision making body between the congresses of which all the regional chairpersons are part of.
Speaking at a press conference which was held after the NTC meeting in the capital yesterday, the President of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (NANTU), Simeon Kavila explained that the demands by the teachers were misleading because those demands fall outside the mandates of the negotiation team.
The teachers who abandoned their classes yesterday morning, marched from the Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School to the NANTU head office yesterday, to demand answers from NTC as to why there has been a slow pace in the negotiation process of the salary increment.
Another concern by the teachers, is the recent medical aid contribution for the public service, which has been increased by 100 per cent as from 01 November 2012.
Kavila said: “ We acknowledge the slow pace of the negotiation process, however the process is at an advance stage.”
He stressed that the NTC does not and will not support any illegal strike, explaining that any industrial action can be taken only if all the avenues have failed and can only be commissioned by the President of the union.
Kavila therefore assured the members that the parties involved are committed to finalize the process as soon as possible as communicated to NANTU and demanded government to implement whatever deal to be concluded by 20 November 2012.
Meanwhile, the NANTU President also announced at the press conference that the NTC meeting resolved to suspended with immediate effect the Khomas Regional Structure from carrying out any activities of NANTU on behalf of the union, until further notice.
He noted that all NANTU activities of the Khomas Region are assigned to the Secretariat for the time being.
He added that the NTC has observed that there are external forces misleading the members and therefore cautioned the members to follow proper channels of communication in line with NANTU’s constitution.
“NANTU will never fail its members and continue to deliver the best for the benefits of all its members in good standing including non-NANTU members that are benefiting on from our services,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the teachers who have vowed to get answers from NANTU during their strike yesterday, have also demanded the removal of NANTU’s Secretary General Basilius Haingura with immediate effect.
‘Haingura must go, we do not want him, because he does not serve the interest of the teachers,’ they shouted.