Namibia: Construction workers agree to retrenchment package

112 Construction workers in Namibia agreed to a retrenchment package after several tussles with RCC JV TIECHMANN, a construction company tasked to construct a road between Gobabis and Amnius. 

Organised and represented by the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU), the workers reached an agreement with the company on 21 May through the intervention of the Road Authority. 

Prior to this, the company refused to negotiate with the workers.  It was only after MANWU, led by its General Secretary, Justina Emvula Jonas, submitted proposals to the management that the process of negotiation commenced. 

The proposals include a “just retrenchment package” and food, transportation and accommodation allowances to the workers who refused to leave their work camps until the company responded positively to their demands. 

In November 2020, the road project was suspended due to the government’s non-payment to the company. As a result, In February 2021, the workers were sent home on unpaid leave.

Last April, the company was partially paid. Despite this, the project suffered a budget cut which forced the retrenchment of the said workers.