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Labour ministry to protect low-wage workers

WINFHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) – About 64 911 job seekers have been registered with the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System under the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation (MLIREC) since 2013.
Minister Erkki Nghimtina revealed this in the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday during the motivation of his ministry’s budget allocation for the 2017/18 financial year.
The MLIREC was allocated an amount of N.dollars 143 877 000 from the N.dollars 62.5 billion National Budget for the 2017/18 financial year.
Of the total jobseekers registered since 2003, only 1 233 have received employment so far.
“The ministry will place emphasis on protecting low-wage and informal workers, including expanding social protection, addressing income inequality and gender equity, strengthening health and safety at work,” he stated.
This, he said, would be done to effect a wage order that improves the minimum wages and minimum conditions of employment of domestic workers.
He indicated that 2 768 cases of labour disputes were recorded by the ministry last year, however, only 1 682 were settled at conciliation; while 261 were arbitrated. A total of 70 cases were resolved through collective bargaining.
A total of 2 851 people were retrenched by 322 companies during the 2016/17 financial year, Nghimtina revealed.
The ministry will table the Employment Creation Commission Bill in the NA later this year, aimed at coordinating employment creation, analysing pertinent labour market developments and monitoring employment creation.

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