Roads Authority increases salaries by 6%

The Roads Authority and Namibia Public Workers Union have struck a deal to increase basic employee salaries by 6% for 2018 and 2019.

The same percentage increase goes for the workers’ housing and transport allowances while the board of directors also approved a salary increase of 6% on total cost per employer basis for those in managerial positions.

RA chief executive officer, Conrad Lutombi, said these increments would be backdated to the 1st of April 2018 and that implementation would be affected during the September payroll.

“This is surely a cause for celebration for RA staff members,” he remarked at the signing of the agreement yesterday at his headquarters.

He added that with these increments now addressed, it was time for the staff to rededicate its focus to its work and achievement of organisational goals set out in their overall business and strategic plans.

This deal was reached at although NAPWU had initially pushed for a higher increment, which had to be toned down in light of the prevailing economic situation as well as the need to align expenditure to the demands for fiscal consolidation.

“I will be honest with you, when we started the negotiations the union wanted 12%, and therefore, we negotiated to bring it down to 6% to make sure that we contain the salary costs,” said Lutombi.

Meanwhile, the RA’s total budget for the 2018-2019 financial year is N$3 316 027 080 billion and the budget for personnel expenditure is an amount of N$331 million.

The personnel expenditure budget is thus about 10% of the RA’s total budget.
The union said it was nevertheless satisfied with the milestone reached adding that its members will be happy with the increments considering the rising inflation.

“We are always engaging, and we are always getting a salary increment from RA, and I believe that the members will be happy with what they got,” said the union.

These latest developments also come in the wake of Lutombi having been reappointed chief executive officer for a term of five years.

“Mr Lutombi symbolises what it means to be a modern business leader, and strives to achieve greater things at all times. Under his stewardship, RA achieved and by far exceeded the organisational targets and objectives as set out in the Strategic Scorecard,” read an RA statement in the wake of his reappointment.