WINDHOEK: The Namibia Public Workers’ Union (NAPWU) on Thursday signed a recognition and procedural agreement with the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) as the exclusive bargaining agent for PoN job grades seven to 16.
“With effect from 01 April 2011, benefits for employees within the bar have been revised and the time-consuming but fruitful exercise which was attended by a workplace union representative, furthermore benefited some employees,” said PoN Rector, Dr Tjama Tjivikua during the signing ceremony in the capital.
Tjivikua said in reaching an agreement on this issue, the two parties engaged in negotiations in good faith, thereby creating a foundation of mutual respect, trust and an awareness of the balancing of variable interests, albeit conflicting at times.
He stressed that by signing the agreement, NAPWU recognises the right and responsibilities of the PoN management to manage the institution’s establishment and educational and business operations as required by the PoN Act, Act Number 33 of 1994.
Tjivikua said this agreement also undertakes not to cause or allow PoN management to be hindered in any manner to carry out its duties, powers and functions and legal obligations as required by the PoN Act and Labour Act or any other law and in the best interest of its stakeholders and employees.
He said the two parties have endorsed the principle of collective bargaining and the freedom of association, and the question of union membership of any employee shall be a decision for such individual, and both parties shall respect that decision.
Speaking at the same occasion, NAPWU Secretary-General Peter Nevonga said this is the employees and employers’ long-term relationship in the recognition of each others’ responsibilities and managing the affairs of the two organisations.
“We need to have the same focus and hold hands together in addressing the educational deficit among us,” he said.