Swakop Uranium and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) together with employee representatives, have entered into a wage agreement.
This agreement is effective as from 1 July 2013, whereby all employees within the bargaining unit will receive a 7% increase across the board.
Swakop Uranium is currently building the Husab mine, which is located about 70 kilometres from Swakopmund.
Once in full production, Husab will be the second largest uranium mine in the world.
According to Percy McCallum, Swakop Uranium’s Director Human Resources, the negotiations with the employee representatives and the MUN were conducted in good spirit.
In addition to the wage increase, the parties also agreed to improvements of some allowances, such as the housing allowance.
Swakop Uranium furthermore agreed to increase the housing allowance by the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) which will now be N$1 500 per employee per month in the bargaining unit and undertook to permanently employ the current affected temporary employees.
The move into permanent roles will take place during the last quarter of 2013.
The parties also agreed that employees will be allowed to join Swakop Uranium’s pension fund scheme when they become permanent.
“Swakop Uranium strives to implement best practice standards in occupational health and safety, employment equity, conditions of employment, training and development and industrial relations. We want to attract and retain quality staff and to be seen as an employer of choice in Namibia. I would like to believe that this agreement is in line with our philosophy and vision,” says McCallum.
Cleophas Ngwena, MUN's regional co-ordinator says he appreciated the commitment of Swakop Uranium management and board of directors to uplift the conditions of employment for employees and the commitment to create employment for the Namibian population.