SOME employers in the northern regions are not happy with trade unions, blaming them for allegedly contributing to job losses at a time when the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expressing the views of employers, business tycoon Erastus Shapumba said that trade unions are misleading their members by giving them wrong information.
Speaking to Informanté, Shapumba said: “Job providers and employees need each other during this difficult time but the interference of trade unions puts workers in a danger of losing their jobs. Employees and employers need to find an amicable solution.”
He further said that the involvement of trade unions only complicates matters.
“They mislead and confuse their members thereby undermining any possible solution,” he said.
Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers’ Union (NWRWU) secretary-general Victor Hamunyela stated that he was shocked to hear such a comment coming as it did from Shapumba who was one of the business people in the North, who denied their employees the right to join trade unions of their choice.
“People need to understand that after declaration of State of Emergency by President Hage Geingob, a number of laws were suspended and that includes the right to retrench,” he said.
Hamunyela said that there are employers who either do not understand the law or deliberately ignore it when they deny their employees the right to join trade unions.
“I am shocked to hear what Shapumba had to say. He is one of those violate the law with impunity and needs to be arrested,” said Hamunyela.