PRIME Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, has invited the Secretary-General of the National Union of Namibian Workers, Job Muniaro, to a consultative meeting where the creation of a platform where all workers in the country will contribute two percent of their salaries towards the drought crisis, will be discussed.
In the letter addressed to the NUNW Secretary-General, the Prime Minister said that the country is faced with a number of challenges, among them, the drought situation which resulted in the declaration of a State of Emergency by President Hage Geingob. She added that the drought requires all stakeholders to play a role producing solutions to the challenge.
Muniaro confirmed that he received the invitation and said that he intends to attend the consultative meeting on the subject on Friday.
“At this stage I cannot say which of the other unions in the federation will attend, but the NUNW will reply with a letter on Thursday in which we will express our intent to attend the meeting to find out how such a platform would be structured.”
Prime Minister Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has been holding consultations with different stakeholders such as State Owned Enterprises, the private sector, Public Servant’s Bargaining Trade Unions, NAPWU and NANTU.
“Since this proposal is affecting all Namibians, the NUNW is invited to bring other affiliated Union to this meeting to discuss the above proposal which has been endorsed by cabinet, for a once off percent voluntary contribution from the monthly basic salaries of all Namibians, including public office bearers.” Kuugongelwa Amadhila requested.
The proceeds of the initiative would be ring fenced nd directed to address the plight facing Namibians due to the drought and also to fund youth skills and entrepreneurship programmes.