KEETMANSHOOP – The strike by Eopaleko Cleaning Services employees in Oranjemund over demands for wage increments ended on Monday, with workers receiving a 15 per cent increase.
This followed discussions by the company’s management, representatives of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) and employees over the weekend, which also came to an agreement of an 8.5 per cent increase for supervisors.
A total of 112 Eopaleko employees downed tools last Monday, demanding that the company’s management increase general cleaners’ salaries by 20 per cent and supervisors’ salaries by 10 per cent.
They also demanded pension fund and medical aid benefits, as well as bonuses.
A media statement issued here Tuesday by Eopaleko owner Andre Oosthuisen promised that the pension fund issue will be dealt with by the end of September.
“With regards to medical aid, the company will offer assistance for payment of hospitalisation and doctors’ fees when workers are referred to the Namdeb hospital from a State clinic,” the statement read.
Oosthuisen further stated that the employees’ demands for contracts of employment were also met.
“The bonuses were not part of our agenda, thus it was not discussed,” the Eopaleko Cleaning Services owner said in a telephonic interview on Tuesday.
The Eopaleko Committee’s vice-secretary, Gabriel Shikesho told Nampa Tuesday that all employees are happy with the deal and no complaints have been received so far.
“He (Oosthuisen) is a good boss. Even though we had to push him with a strike, he managed to meet our demands,” Shikesho said.