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Namibian strike ends in settlement at Nampower

22 November, 2012500 workers downed tools on 15 November when negotiations between the Mineworkers Union of Namibia and state utility Nampower stalled due to a dispute on discriminatory practice regarding medical aid benefits.

Workers resolved to challenge Nampower that provides full medical aid coverage after retirement for workers employed before 2004 but not for those who joined the company after. The situation also affects medical coverage for workers employed after the cut off point that are medically boarded.

Workers agreed to return to work on 21 November, satisfied with the wage and housing allowance deal that was reached between Nampower and the IndustriALL-affiliated MUN. The parties have agreed to the process and timeframe to resolve the dispute on medical aid benefits for workers after retirement or medical boarding.