Namibia: Stampriet Strikers Cut Electricity

STRIKING workers of the Stampriet Village Council on Wednesday prevented residents from buying pre-paid electricity at a local outlet.

The Namibian understands that NamPower officials were selling the electricity vouchers.

The Village Council CEO, Ben Awoseb, said the Police had to be called in to control the striking workers.

Following Police intervention, Awoseb added, the NamPower officials stopped selling pre-paid electricity.

Awoseb claimed NamPower had no right to render this service.

“What they were doing was breach of contract. The contract we entered into with NamPower clearly stipulates that the council has the sole right to sell pre-paid electricity to its residents,” Awoseb said.

Operations at the council were paralysed for a fourth day on Wednesday.

About 10 council workers went on strike last Friday, claiming the council had failed to implement a wage deal agreed in 2009.

The parties had agreed on a 10 per cent increase for all employees with a basic salary below N$4 000 a month.

The parties also agreed to up workers’ transport allowances from N$200 to N$300.

The Namibia Public Workers’ Union’s (Napwu’s) Mariental branch organiser, Lesley Mosegedi, vowed that the strike would continue until the agreement is implemented.

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