Guest Contributor | Aug 20, 2019 | 0
Pick ‘n’ Pay wage negotiations fruitful
Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) successfully signed a two year wage negotiation and conditions of employment agreement effective from 01 July 2016 to 30 June 2018 for employees in the bargaining unit (grade 1 – 6A).
The agreement entails a salary increment of between 6.5 % and 10 % (depending on grade) for the period 01 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, and again from 01 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Other benefits include transport allowance, rental allowance, 13th Cheque, night shift allowance of 10% 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 is happy with the negotiation process that started in June this year. Erwee: “NAFAU is the recognized 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”.
About 1230 PnP employees fall within the bargaining unit benefit from this wage agreement. Both PnP’s Manager: Employee Relations, Shane Johr and Acting General Secretary of NAFAU, Jacob Penda expressed delight and are pleased with the process and outcome of the wage negotiations.