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Gov gives another shot at securing jobs for fisherman

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The government is still seized by the plight of a group of fishermen who lost their jobs in 2015 after a strike. 

Through another Cabinet directive, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, together with the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation, has been tasked with securing employment opportunities for these jobless workers. 

The workers lost their employment after the fishing quotas of some major employers, such as Namsov, were drastically reduced.

Ministry of Labour Investigate Rani Group

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The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation has launched an investigation into alleged unlawful practices at the Rani Group of Companies.

In a statement, the ministry says a recent labour dispute led to an unauthorised strike and subsequent suspension of workers, echoing a similar incident earlier this year in Rundu.

While the Ministry has yet to verify these allegations through an official investigation, it has issued a cautionary statement to both employees and employers.

Gov partners work on targeted job creation interventions

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The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation and its partners are working together to find ways to simplify employment creation and effect broader change in the economy.

The ministry, the Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA), and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched the updated Social Accounting Matrix (SAM).

The main goal of the Employment Impact Assessment is to assist in the design of targeted interventions that promote more and better job creation for all, including women and youth.

Labour Ministry to develop an employment policy

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The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation is developing a national employment policy.

This was the response of Minister Utoni Nujoma to a question by Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) MP Kennedy Shekupakela about the ministry's plan to address youth unemployment in the country. The policy will help the government and unemployed graduates have proper coordination for employment creation.

Labour Ministry seeks solution to Eagle Night Watch dispute

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The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation held a meeting between Eagle Night Watch employees and their employer to find a solution to the labour dispute.

Workers at the company, which is a subcontractor at the Husab Uranium Mine, have accused the company of not complying with an affirmative action report submitted to the Employment Equity Commission.

Zambezi security companies flouting labour law

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The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation says many security companies in Zambezi have not implemented the minimum wage for security guards.

This was revealed by the head of arbitration at Katima Mulilo, Bester Maiba, during the visit of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, Social Welfare, and Labour Affairs.

Maiba says none of the security companies have applied for exemption, not to implement the Minimum wage, and instead they are failing to pay their employees for two to three months.

LAC plays significant role in social dialogue and tripartism

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Acting Executive Director in the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation, Advocate Otniel Podewiltz, has emphasised the significant role that the Labour Advisory Council (LAC) plays in the context of social dialogue and tripartism.

Advocate Podewiltz said this at the 15th LAC inauguration in Windhoek.

Advocate Otniel Podewiltz noted that the ministry views the council as a vital labour market institution and an important consensus-building structure.

Aranos Constituency Regional Council inundated with labor practice complaints

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The Aranos Constituency Regional Councillor, Salomon Boois, says his office is inundated with unfair labor practice complaints because there is no office of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation in the village.

 

Boois says those registering labor cases at his office are mostly farm workers.

 

CIS Security Services workers hand over petition over unpaid salaries

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Employees of the CIS Security Services handed over a petition to the regional office of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation at Katima Mulililo over pending salaries for September, October, and November.

Workers claim that they have worked for those three months without receiving compensation.

They were told that payment was delayed due to uncertified invoices, hence payment could not be processed.