MUN cracks for 10%, gets 8%
Tsumeb – The Mine Workers Union and Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb agreed last week on an 8% salary increase for 2016. The negotiations conducted between the smelter’s management and the local branch of MUN, concluded their dealings by signing an agreement to cover increments in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The negotiating parties agreed that all permanent employees within the bargaining unit compromising grades A1 – C3 will receive a salary increase of 8% for 2016. This will increase marginally in 2017 to 8.1% with a more significant adjustment of 9.1% in 2018. The increase relates to basic pay, contribution to the provident fund and the contribution to the medical aid fund. The housing allowance is to be increased across the board by N$350 per month for this year and 2017, and by N$400 in 2018.
The parties also agreed to implement a four shift system effective from 01 June 2016. Dundee Precious Metals said the modalities of the agreement will still be discussed and finalized on or before 31 May this year. “Both parties believe this system will improve productivity, life style balance and manage fatigue at work to reduce the potential for errors of judgement and possible injuries.”
Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb, Vice President and Managing Director, Mr Zebra Kasete congratulated the negotiation team on reaching a solid agreement. He said the agreement is a milestone, concluding for the second time a multi-year agreement which provides stability to the work environment.