Nafau and OK Foods Rundu reach an agreement

RUNDU – The more than 100 OK Foods employees in Rundu who stopped working on May 13, 2024 due to low wages will return to work tomorrow.
Workers at OK Foods in Nkurenkuru returned to work today.

Paulus Mushongo, representative of the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau), confirmed this to Nampa in an interview here yesterday.

He said the management of OK Foods and Nafau reached an agreement with which the workers are satisfied.

“As we speak, the Labor Commissioner’s office is busy drafting the memorandum of understanding, which will be signed by both parties today (yesterday),” Mushongo said.

He informed this news agency that OK Foods decided to increase workers’ salaries by 300 Namibian dollars and added an additional 90 Namibian dollars as transportation subsidy.

The last time workers’ salaries were increased was in 2002.

“OK Foods wanted to give its workers N$142 without benefits, on top of their already low salary of N$1,300,” Mushongo said.

He said that before the agreement, the union was negotiating a general increase of N$350 and a transportation allowance of N$250 as a benefit.

However, workers are happy with the agreement reached by the two parties and hope for new negotiations next year.

For his part, OK Foods CEO José Machado said he is glad they reached an agreement, adding that it could have happened sooner if the union had been reasonable in its negotiations.

“We could have avoided the strike entirely if we had discussed it earlier,” he said.