By Toini Nauyoma
TEACHERS’ Union of Namibia (TUN) has been in existence for 27 years, having been established in May 1990 as a politically independent and autonomous trade union, representing workers in the education and training sector within the borders of the Republic of Namibia.
Over the past 27 years, inevitably, there have been changes both internally and within the national operational environment.
TUN has always strived to be relevant, responsive, effective and efficient, in serving its membership. Indeed, evidence accumulated over the past years clearly demonstrates that the union has had to undergo the necessary changes, both evolutionary and revolutionary, in order to stay afloat and focused, while avoiding being shipwrecked in the often turbulent waters of the dynamic global systems. Our guiding notion has remained: ‘Think globally and act locally’.
To be the epitome of uncompromising and principled representation of educators in a way that makes us stand out among the best in regional and international trade unionism.
To vigorously and uncompromisingly promote, protect and represent the rights and welfare of members, through constructive engagement, based on the principle of non-partisanship as a contribution to the Namibian education sector.
Transparency, independence, dependability, reliability, integrity, non-partisanship, justice and freedom.
TUN recognises completely and unconditionally the authority of the Creator and accepts that it is dependent of the mercy of God for all its endeavours, aspiration and activities, and also recognises the authority of the Republic of Namibia and its constitution.
Aims and objectives
1. To encourage all eligible persons to become members of the union;
2. To represent members in negotiations and consultations with the employers, and generally, to raise their status;
3. To watch over all legislative measures, which may affect or tend to affect the interests of its members, and use all means at its disposal to secure the amendment to such legislation; and
4. To strive for optimal and equal educational opportunities and facilities for each and every child in Namibia.
Roles and functions
• Defend and promote rights and interest of members;
• Protection from and defend against unfair labour practices and poor working conditions in the education and training sector,
• Representation on various committees and councils, such as Labour Advisory Council, National Advisory Council on Education, Regional Education Forums, Namibia Research Association, ETSIP and UNESCO activities, and many others;
• Secure legal assistance
• Promote complete democracy in the education system of Namibia.
Benefits to members
• Representation at labour hearings, from conciliation/ arbitration, through to the Labour Court;
• TUNSACCO: A TUN saving and credit cooperative, established by TUN members and managed by members themselves;
• Teachers Mindset Education Programme: This a specialised programme that offers training sessions for members, to change minds and hearts from a negative set-up, to a positive outlook on life. The union has two level II lecturers, trained by the International Mind Education Institute (IMEI), which offers the programme;
• TUN/IYF Youth Develop Programme: This programme offers Mindset Education to young people and offers participation in the annual IYF World Camp and other activities;
• Funeral benefit: N$12 000 for the main member and N$5 000 for the spouse;
• Free airtime birthday voucher for the main member’s birthday worth N$30;
• Group schemes: Old Mutual, Bonlife and Metropolitan;
• Bursary scheme through Old Mutual;
• Capacity building through professional development and training; and
• International participation and engagement through ANTUSA sport and cultural games every year.
Giving support and assistance to the community and society at large is TUN‘s social commitment.
• In 2004, TUN participated in the Tsumeb–Oshikango railway line, as one of the social partners in labour matters in Namibia;
• In 2011, TUN made a donation to the Namibia Red Cross Society, in support of the most vulnerable and less fortunate, due to flooding that occurred that year; and
• In 2015, the union made a commitment to financially supporting Tutaleni College in Ondangwa, for three consecutive years, until 2018.
National Congress: Highest authoritative and legislative body, convened every four years. National Executive Council: Highest authoritative body in the absence of congress, which convenes twice a year.
National Executive Committee: Charged with the sole control and direction and management of the day to day affairs of the union, in accordance with the general policy and resolutions passed by congress, and the guidelines and provisions outlined by the council and the TUN Constitution.
The Executive consists of: The President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary-General, Treasurer and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.
TUN is member of the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA).
TUN is also a member of the Association of Non-Aligned Teachers Unions in Southern Africa (ANTUSA)
Anything for teachers, without teachers, is against the teachers!
*Toini Nauyoma is the President of Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN)
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