Rössing and MUN sign three-year wage increase deal

RÖSSING Uranium and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) have reached a three-year wage agreement for 639 union members in Grades 1 to 11 and L Band.

The agreement was signed last Thursday and provides Grade 1 to 11 and L-Band employees with a 7% increase in 2024, 6% in 2025 and 6% in 2026.

Grades 1 to 11 are equivalent to Patterson Grade A1-C3, while L Band is equivalent to Grade C4. These are all operators, artisans and technicians.

At the signing of the agreement, Rössing’s employee relations adviser Lana Maletzky expressed her gratitude to the MUN for their “mature and constructive” approach to the negotiations.

“This agreement secures increments for employees for the next three years, which indeed is a milestone, with both parties sharing a common understanding of the challenges facing the business. The parties also agreed to the renewing of procedural and related agreements within the next three months,” she said.

MUN Rössing branch chairman Stanislaus Iimbondi also expressed his appreciation to both parties for having reached an “amicable” solution.

He said as partners, they aimed to achieve one goal, making sure that employees work in a conducive environment.

“The trade union is there to protect and advance the interests of its members by negotiating working conditions. We tried to conclude the wage negotiations in the shortest possible time and urge both parties to maintain mutual relations,” he said.

The total workforce as at end December 2023 was 870 employees, of which 639 are paid-up union members.

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