No deal on Karas abattoir layoffs

No deal on Karas abattoir layoffs

NO agreement has been reached in negotiations on retrenchment packages for workers of the Karas Abattoir and Tannery (KAT) at Keetmanshoop.

KAT Managing Director Frikkie Mouton said yesterday the company and the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) had held two days of talks in Windhoek this week. Mouton said the management would brief the board of directors on the negotiations before submitting new proposals to the union at a meeting in two weeks’ time.Mouton recently confirmed that between 64 and 80 jobs would be cut as part of a restructuring plan necessitated by the closure of the company’s ostrich-slaughtering line in June.He said the layoffs were scheduled for the end of August.In an attempt to rescue the sinking ostrich industry in the South, the Government, through Agribank, pumped in millions of dollars to keep the industry afloat.However, Agribank said last year that the ostrich business was not as viable as had been anticipated.The Agribank report said while prices of ostrich meat remained under pressure, the cost of raising the birds were exorbitant.Mouton said the management would brief the board of directors on the negotiations before submitting new proposals to the union at a meeting in two weeks’ time.Mouton recently confirmed that between 64 and 80 jobs would be cut as part of a restructuring plan necessitated by the closure of the company’s ostrich-slaughtering line in June.He said the layoffs were scheduled for the end of August.In an attempt to rescue the sinking ostrich industry in the South, the Government, through Agribank, pumped in millions of dollars to keep the industry afloat.However, Agribank said last year that the ostrich business was not as viable as had been anticipated.The Agribank report said while prices of ostrich meat remained under pressure, the cost of raising the birds were exorbitant.

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