Windhoek - The youth wing of Namibia's ruling Swapo party on Friday condemned nearly 1000 planned retrenchments at two State-owned enterprises.
“We condemn the proposed retrenchments of nearly 1000 workers at TransNamib and workers at the Road Construction Company (RCC) in the strongest terms,” Paulus Mbangu, the Swapo Youth League's labour secretary, told reporters.
“We stand in solidarity with the RCC and TransNamib workers. The Swapo-YL fully supports the two labour unions, whose members are affected, in their (declared) dispute over the restructuring plans and pledges solidarity of all our members in any mass action they may embark upon.”
The loss-making State-owned enterprise TransNamib handles all railway transport in Namibia and offers road transport for bulk goods Ä a highly competitive sector Ä and also operates a courier service.
It has struggled for the past two decades with ageing locomotives and rolling stock and cash-flow problems and has undertaken several restructuring exercises with retrenchments.