Tourism industry players reamain worried that a strike by Air Namibia staff today may negatively impact Namibia’s international reputation.
“It is extremely worrying and disheartening to read about Air Namibia staff threatening to hold a strike this week,” Paetzold told Travel News Namibia last week.
The industrial action is expected to take place simultaneously nationwide as from today, but so far no announcement has been made.
According to Nampa, John Kwedhi, general secretary of Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau), said Tuesday that the strike will only be called off if the management of Air Namibia agreed to staff salary demands.
“We still remain in the same situation and come Wednesday, our members will withdraw their services until management listens to them,” he told a reporter at Nampa.
Natau said it had given the airline’s management opportunity to reconsider a 6.4 per cent total-cost-to-company (TCTC) increase imposed on union members in March 2013.
The union has proposed a seven and nine per cent salary increment for implementation beginning April 1 this year.
Both parties held their last meeting on Feb 13 during which Air Namibia’s management requested Natau renegotiate its salary demands.