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Namport workers back

98 Namport employees who work in the container terminal were reinstated in their jobs this week  following sensitive negotiations between NATAU and the Namport management.

98 Namport employees who work in the container terminal were reinstated in their jobs this week following sensitive negotiations between NATAU and the Namport management.

The 98 suspended container terminal workers from last week’s industrial action resumed work after consultations between the NATAU leadership and Namport management earlier this week. The suspension of the ports authority employees was lifted with immediate effect.
“In the interest of the company, its employees, clients and the nation at large, the suspension of the 98 employees who participated in an illegal work stoppage at the Port of Walvis Bay (container terminal) on Wednesday 29 January 2014 be lifted” stated CEO of Namport, Bisey /Uirab. Despite the suspended workers resuming their work /Uirab said the port is functioning currently at only 50% of capacity following last weeks industrial action by the workers in the Container Terminal operational unit.

“It is expected that vessel traffic will increase in the coming days leading to berthing delays of up to 3 days. Affected parties have been informed accordingly during our continuous consultations” stated /Uirab. He also highlighted that they seek to provide a balance between landing cargo and ensuring that the container capacity is not constrained. Since re-instating the workers, the container terminal is receiving trucks for collection and discharging. /Uirab reminded the workers of the role Namport plays in the national economy and encouraged them to do their work diligently while they respect the company policies and the laws of the country. They were also encouraged to work as a team to ensure that Namport delivers on its mandate. “We continue to strive, to be the best performing Port in Africa, to make Namibia and the people of this country proud” concluded /Uirab.

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