“We call on the business community to come round the table, sit with us and see how we can all rescue Government from this and rescue the country from this. They have social responsibilities, Government give the 5%, we give the 3%, we are looking for a solution to this problem, said Secretary General (SG) of the National Union of Namibia Workers (NUNW) Job Muniaro.
Mr. Muniaro has called on all teachers not be violent during the strike action, urging for a peaceful strike. 95% of teachers voted in favour of a national strike due to start on 13 October 2016. The teachers are demanding an 8% wage increase but Government said it can only afford to give a 5% increase for this financial year and 7% in the 2017/2018 financial year.
Should the business community bail out Government? Who is responsible for keeping the teachers from striking? What solutions can be considered to put a stop to the nationwide strike? What effects will the strike have on the country? In Spotlight News we sat down with NUNW Secretary General on the latest on the planned nationwide teacher strike.
-Interview and article by Maggie Forcelledo