By Confidente Reporter
PICK n Pay (PnP) Namibia and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) have signed a two-year wage negotiations and conditions of employment agreement effective from July 1 2016 to June 30 2018 for employees in the bargaining unit (grade 1 – 6A).
The agreement entails a salary increment of between 6.5 percent and 10 percent (depending on grade) for a one-year period, and again from July 2017 to June 2018. Other benefits include transport allowance, rental allowance, a 13th cheque, night shift allowance of 10 percent and productivity bonus based on store performance.
Parties have also agreed to commit to convert Permanent Variable Time Employees (PVTE) who have been employed for longer than two years to a permanent full time basis, provided that the recruitment process is followed and that the recruitment criteria has been met. Those workers are encouraged to make use of the internal process for their advantage. Parties further agreed to revisit the current recognition and procedural agreement.
PnP Namibia manager: human capital, Adri Erwee said, “NAFAU is the recognised union for PnP’s bargaining unit employees as from 2003. PnP and NAFAU has built a very good working relationship over the years, and I am very pleased with the way in which the negotiations were conducted and that an agreement was reached that will suit both the employees as well as the Company. It is essential that we negotiate in good faith to honor the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a Future, Enhancing life’. And although we need to pay our employees adequate wages we also need to ensure that our company is sustainable in order to provide jobs for the future”. About 1 230 PnP employees that fall within the bargaining unit benefit from this wage agreement.
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