By Confidente Reporter
CONTROVERSY reigns at the national oil company – Namcor – concerning huge discrepancies over the recent performance bonuses that saw top brass reportedly walk away with an estimated N$300 000 as the highest while the lowest paid got N$3 000. The last performance bonuses were paid in 2007.
Sources in the know told Confidente that the huge discrepancy is a result of an unjust method of calculations used to determine the payouts with those in group A to C comprising of general workers paid according to their monthly pensionable salaries while those in group D to E comprising of managers and executives paid based on cost to company.
Sources said that the sensitive issue caused division to an extent that a meeting with the bargaining union Napwu was arranged to discuss an amicable solution. Disgruntled employees, management, shop steward committee and representatives of Napwu had a meeting on October 19 to discuss various burning issues at the parastatal, including bonus payouts, policies, re-grading of positions and victimisation at the workplace.
Issues of excluding Napwu from decision making processes, salary increments and the appointment of consultants were also discussed. It also emerged at the meeting
after salary increments with those in group A to C given a raise at 20 percent, D at 24 percent and E at 30 percent. that the controversial payments come nearly a year
Chairperson of the shop steward committee, Sam David confirmed the meeting but declined to shed light on what transpired referring further questions to Napwu. “I can confirm the meeting but please refer further questions to Napwu,” David said.
Sources further disclosed that the company had on three consecutive occasions failed to successfully make the payments adding that the performance management policy was rushed after employees started asking questioning. In fact, sources pointed out that extracts of the policy were released to employees, further confusing them.
“The payouts irked a lot of people especially because the company didn’t send out letters or explain the payments before they were made. As a company that worked together through thick and thin, it was only fair that the payment calculations be done across board. It is not okay that some people got huge payouts while others got peanuts. Does this mean that those with huge payouts worked harder than those that didn’t? It is a sensitive issue that requires re-looking at,” sources said.
When contacted for comment, Namcor’s communication and public relations specialist, Utaara Hoveka said that the bonus calculations and payments were made at the discretion of the board. He also said that the company is not aware of an uproar over the matter.
“The National Petroleum Corporation has an approved Performance Management policy in place, which was used as a basis for the bonus calculations. It must be noted that bonus calculations and payments are made at the discretion of the Board. Calculations were made as follows: Employees in the A – C grades bonus calculations were based on the monthly pensionable salaries as recorded at 31 March 2016. Employees in the D – E grades bonus calculations were based on the monthly Cost to Company pensionable salaries as recorded at 31 March 2016.
“We are thus not aware of an uproar as suggested by you, as there have been no official enquiries or complaints to Human Resources Department and/or Management on the issue. Therefore, any suggestions hinting that there was no compliance with the Policy are baseless and false. We cannot provide any further details on the calculations as this is an internal matter. Management and the Board worked very hard to ensure that performance bonuses were paid out in appreciation to the hard work that the staff put in during the 2015/16 financial year,” Hoveka said.
Efforts to get comment from Napwu’s regional coordinator Sam Ilonga proved futile at the time of going to print.
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