Toivo Ndjebela reports:
The Polytechnic of Namibia is locked in a bitter labour dispute with its employees and labour authorities, emanating from allegations that the institution’s labour practices are miles beyond the provisions of the 2007 Labour Act.
Josephine Shuuveni, a senior labour inspector at the ministry, discovered a while ago that her recent order to the Polytechnic that demanded compliance on a list of labour issues has backfired. This, after law firm, G.F.
Kopplinger Legal Practitioners on behalf of the Polytechnic, served her with a notice to appear in court to explain her findings.
This was after Shuuveni, in her report after inspections at the institution, stated that the Polytechnic is operating beyond at least seven provisions of the current Labour Act (Act No. 11 of 2007).
Shuuveni reports that the Polytechnic’s sick leave forms make it mandatory to reveal the nature of employees’ sicknesses and this, she further reports, compromises confidentiality and privacy.
In some instances, Shuuveni writes, the Polytechnic has telephonically called medical practitioners to verify the nature of the employees’ sicknesses.
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