Govt. gives in to teachersÔÇÖ demands ... but does not pay the exact figures demanded for

Teachers can finally breathe a slight sigh of relief after Government agreed to increase their salaries by a marginal 8% instead of the 40% they have been calling for.
The salary increase has been backdated to April 2012, which means, teachers will get a windfall effective immediately.
The increment also comes with a hefty housing allowance and incentives like bush allowances for those who work in remote areas.
“The negotiation between the Government Negotiating Team (GNT), Namibian Public Workers Union (NAPWU) and Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) have been completed,” reads the Government statement released today, in part.
According to the statement, teachers will benefit from an across-the-board increase for civil service on housing allowance of between N$18 000 and N$52 000, N$54 000 to N$133 000 and N$138 000 to N$337 000, depending on the grade of salary.
Transport allowance has been increased by 15% for employees below the management level as part of the announced package to civil servants including teachers; the statement shows.
Government also promises an improvement in medical aid facilities for the civil servants.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not the softened stance by Government will convince the teachers who have been on a constant strike for almost two weeks to return to school.
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