17 July 2014
The Namibia Training Authority signed a joint Recognition and Procedural Agreement with the Namibian Public Workers Union (NAPWU) and the Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU) today.
The agreement is based on a majority of instructors at the Vocational Training Centres under the NTA’s supervision, being paid-up members of NANTU, and the majority of administrative personnel, being paid-up members of NAPWU, which two categories of employees jointly comprise the bargaining unit.
Acting CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka said the joint agreement was the logical and natural outcome of a process started more than two years ago. “Negotiating an exclusive agreement with a labour union is seldom an easy and straightforward task. However, we persevered and this agreement is yet another milestone for our young, but vibrant organisation”, she stressed.
Nghipondoka highlighted that the agreement was in line with the NTA Strategic Plan, recently reviewed by the Board of Directors, under which the organisation aspires to establish itself as the port of call for vocational skills in Namibia. “Our Strategic Plan recognises our employees as our most important asset in this regard, because without a positive, motivated and dedicated workforce, we will not be able to achieve any of our strategic goals”, the Acting CEO remarked.
Speaking on behalf of the two labour unions, the Deputy General Secretary of NAPWU, Gabes Andumba said the two unions were committed to the improvement of the conditions of service and employment of members through a collective bargaining process, as provided for under the agreement.