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NAMIBIA Public Workers Union (Napwu) general secretary Petrus Nevonga says the government's offer is better than a civil servant strike and its consequences.
“This is the best we can do with the limited resources,” he said at a press conference late yesterday afternoon.
“We have received calls from those who appreciate what we have achieved, and those who don't. We regard that as normal.”
Nevonga understands some workers are not happy with the 3% increment, because they haven't gotten any for years.
“Every effort we have engaged in is aimed to benefit all civil servants equally,” he said.
Nevonga said the union would communicate with members who are unhappy with the government's offer.
“The negotiations have not ended. We will continue to negotiate, but for this financial year that is what we have tried to achieve, and we are expecting under the current situation to have some peace on what we have achieved so far,” he said.
The executive director of urban and rural development, Nghidinwa Daniel, concurred with Nevonga at the conference, saying the strike would have caused the country to come to a standstill.
“Half a bread is better than none,” he said.
Daniel said the government is already burdened with unemployed graduates seeking relief.
“We need to think about our fellow men and women who don't have the opportunity of having a job,” Daniel said.
He said a large section of the population also depend on the government in terms of a social net, and the government can only share what little is available.
“And that is why the colleagues are saying the government has not fully met all their initial demands, but at least half a bread is better than none. At least it fills the stomach for the time being,” he said.