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Union denies allegations made against Gendev.

The Namibian Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) has distanced itself from allegations made by its regional coordinator, Cleophas Ngwena against Gendev Fish Processors.

Ngwena accused the fishing company of exploiting its workers and promoting cheap labour practices on NBC recently.

Ngwena also claimed that the two parties have been negotiating an employment contract for seasonal workers for almost two weeks without reaching an agreement, and that the union has requested the company's management to meet the requirements of the Labour Act, cancel a contract with its labour consultant and called for the dismissal of the managing director.

He further claimed that the union has requested Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to withdraw the company's quota until it has complied with the law to allow the Department of Maritime Affairs to prevent the company's vessel from going to sea before the contract issue is resolved.

In a joint statement released by Gendev Fishing Processors and NAFAU this week, NAFAU's president Risto Kapenda denied theallegations saying that his union distance itself from and regrets the unmandated and one-sided statements made by Ngwena.

He further said that the union and the fishing company are committed to good faith dialogue and respect and adhere to agreements reached between them as well as to the letter and spirit of the Labour Act (Act 1 of 2007).

"We as social partners are committed to normalise and improve relations between us for the betterment of employment conditions on the one hand and for the sustainable and continued existence of their employer. It is only through constructive social engagement that sustainable employment and employment creation can be ensured," he said.

By Lorato Khobetsi
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Title Annotation:Fishing & Marine Resources
Author:Khobetsi, Lorato
Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Jun 10, 2011
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