THE Wages Commission investigating all relevant industries has concluded its workshops in Windhoek, in the Khomas Region, Aussenkehr and Keetmanshoop, in the //Kharas Region, and Gobabis in the Omaheke region in which in sought out proposals on a national minimum which will apply to employees in different sectors of industry.
Dr. Marius Kudumo, the chairperson of the wages commission stated that the attendance at the public hearings in the three regions has been satisfactory and representations were generally good.
He noted that the broad terms of reference of the commission were to investigate all relevant industries, report and make recommendations to the Minister on a proposed national minimum wage, which will apply to all employees, except to related categories of employees specifically exempted by the minister in a Wage order and on related supplementary minimum conditions of employment.
“During its last public hearing held at Gobabis on 27 May 2021, individuals and representative trade unions highlighted the challenges faced by workers in emerging industries in the agricultural sector such as charcoal, non-compliance with existing wage agreements, and the difficulty in balancing the setting of a minimum wage in the context of high employment rates and low economic growth,” Dr. Kudumo said.
He further stated that in addition to the literature review, the Commission has already engaged with various stakeholders and experts such as the office of the Ombudsman, Namibia Statistics Agency, the National Planning Commission, the Labour Resource and Research Institute, the Ministry of Gender Equality, poverty eradication and social welfare and the Social Security Commission. Etc.
He noted that the objective was to obtain information and inputs regarding national minimum wage in the context of fundamental human rights and State Policy, socio-economic conditions in Namibia, government developmental plans, national minimum wage and the informal economy, social protection system in Namibia, and conditions of employment.
The deadline for written representations concerning the National Minimum Wage and related supplement terms and conditions of employment is 30 June 2021.