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Worker Union Seeks to Reconcile with LLD Diamonds

Jul 22, 2008 7:30 AM   By Avi Krawitz
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RAPAPORT... The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW,) the umbrella body for the Mine Workers Union of Namibia (MUN,) has submitted a proposal to reconcile differences between Lev Leviev Diamonds (LLD Namibia) and the 222 workers the company recently dismissed.

LLD earlier this month fired the workers who had taken-up the picket line in protest of what they claimed was unpleasant treatment by management, amongst other grievances.

According to New Era, NUNW offered a new proposal to LLD management nearly one week ago Wednesday to “start afresh on the path of recovery” between the company and the mine workers union.

Under the proposal, New Era explained, NUNW secretary general Evilastus Kaaronda asked for amnesty for the fired workers, make some commitments and undertakings by the union to break the standoff while raising concern to the LLD management about the issue of senior manager Mike Nesongano, salary reduction, overtime payment, appraisal and promotions, tariffs per carat and the strike and status of employees.

NUNW cited a lack of communication and misunderstanding between the workers and the company as a major contributing factor to the unrest, and said it would play its part in training its members on matters relating to company policy, recognition agreements, the Labor Act and all relevant instruments.

New Era reported that LLD managing director, Kombadayedu Kapwanga, said he was a “bit confused” that the proposal came from NUNW and not MUN.

“I am not sure whether they have the mandate to represent the workers and if so what happens now with the MUN,” he said.

Kapwanga nevertheless indicated that his company would not rule out the possibility of re-employing some of the fired workers provided a workable solution was found.

“Yes, they are our employees. We still consider them as our people. We trained them and we are human beings after all,” New Era quoted him as saying.

LLD has yet to respond to the proposal but will do so soon, Kapwanga said in the report.
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