Cheetah cement strike ends

Martin Endjala

Cheetah Cement and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) have reached a wage agreement to end the three-month long strike at the Otjiwarongo plant with conditions.

The company has resolved to give the workers an improved offer of N$1000 across the board on basic salary backdated to January 2022.
The increase will be implemented with the return of the employees to work and will be calculated on a pro-rata basis for the payment at be effected end of November, where-after payment of the full amount shall be made at end of December.
Housing Allowance has been increased to N$1 000 across the board. Housing allowance is currently calculated at 5% of each employee’s basic salary.
The workers also scored an improvement on their medical aid, which will now pay 80% of the main member’s contribution, while the employee will only be required a 20% payment.
A new Pension Fund will be implemented as from January 2023, with the first contribution at the end of January.
The Pension contribution is calculated at 25% of the employee’s basic salary of which the employer will contribute 75% and the employee obligated to contribute 25%.
Back-pay of the 12-months increase will be calculated on the Basic Salary increase of N$1 000 across the board. The workers are expected to return to work on 9 November.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer, Cheetah spokesperson, Tabby Moyo, told the Windhoek Observer that the company reserves the right to investigate any damages to its property and those found guilty will be penalized. Although it suffered huge losses during the three-month strike, running into several millions of dollars, Kevin Lee Whale Rock Cement Manager, said that, they ‘’want to place it on record that its generous offer is not based on an admission of affordability.
But rather a commitment to bring an end to the prolonged wage dispute’’.

By Observer