WINDHOEK: The Wages Commission on Domestic Workers is embarking on its third round of public meetings to garner input from employers, employees, civil societies, trade unions and all interested parties.
The meetings are being held in order to investigate domestic workers’ conditions of employment and discuss a minimum wage for the workers.
The aim of the exercise is to eventually come up with terms and conditions of employment, as well as a minimum wage, for domestic workers.
Conducted country-wide, the hearings create a platform for domestic workers, employers, interested individuals, groups, organisations and the public at large to express their opinions and give input on the plight of domestic workers.
According to a media statement issued by the Labour Ministry here Tuesday, the commission held the first round of meetings in the Erongo Region from 25 to 29 June this year, while the second round took place in the northern and north-eastern regions of the country from 16 to 27 July.
The next round of meetings will take place between 03 and 07 September in the Karas and Hardap Regions.
On 03 September, the commission will be at the Lutheran Church Hall in LUderitz’s Benguela residential area, while on 05 September, it will be in Keetmanshoop. Keetmanshoop residents are invited to join the commission at the WK Rover Hall in Tseiblaagte.
On 06 September, the commission moves on to Mariental, where a meeting will be held at the Aimablaagte Community Hall. The next day, the commission will be in Rehoboth, where a meeting is set to take place at the Hermanus Van Wyk Memorial Hall.
The commission consists of former Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Libertine Amathila as Chairperson; the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI)’s Hilma Shindondola Mote who represents the interests of registered trade unions; Women’s Action for Development (WAD) Director Veronica De Klerk representing the interests of registered employers’ organizations; Media Ombudsman and legal practitioner Clement Daniels and Uahatjiri Ngaujake, economist and Senior Manager at the Social Security Commission (SSC).