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Namdeb Seeks Civil Action Against Striking Workers, MUN

Aug 23, 2011 1:11 PM   By Ricci Dipshan
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RAPAPORT... Namdeb proceeded with a civil action against its striking employees and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) for an estimated $551,000 (NAD 4 million) a day in losses it has suffered since a  strike began on August 16, according to The Namibian newspaper. 

The company also announced that it would not allow employees to return to work until they have signed acceptance of Namdeb’s latest proposal related to employees from the Bogenfels mine.  The strike encompasses nearly 1,200 Namdeb employees. 

Namdeb's brand manager, Pauline Thomas, was quoted saying, ''Effectively the claim is based on losses suffered by the company from the start of industrial action until the commencement of the lock-out. Furthermore, separate civil action is being instituted against MUN members and certain MUN officials in respect of defamatory statements made against management employees.”

Shavuka Mbidhi, the MUN branch chairman, accused Namdeb’s managing director, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, and her general manager, Mitford Mundell, of violating labor laws by sending their internal text messages and emails to members discouraging them from striking. 

“The company was resorting to intimidation tactics and we are not going to fall for that,” Mbidhi was quoted saying.  “We will forge ahead with the strike until our demands are met. We still maintain the same position and we expect the company to come to us as we will not go to them.”

Tags: Bogenfels, De Beers, Mineworkers Union of Namibia, Namdeb, Ricci Dipshan
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